The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is required to allocate the region’s share of the statewide housing need to Councils of Governments (COG) based on Department of Finance (DOF) population projections and regional population forecasts used in preparing regional transportation plans. Kern COG, acting in the capacity as the state designated Regional Planning Agency, has the responsibility of developing the state-mandated Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) Plan.
The RHNA process will identify the number of housing units that each local government must accommodate in the Housing Element of its General Plan (Government Code §65584). As part of the region’s planning efforts, Kern COG works with local governments and stakeholders on the RHNA Plan. Kern COG identifies areas within the region sufficient to house an eleven-year projection of the regional housing need. Additionally, the RHNA allocates housing units within the region consistent with the development pattern included in the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), and is part of the Regional Transportation Plan. The development of Kern COG’s 2022 RTP/SCS will happen in tandem with the 6th Cycle RHNA Plan.
RHNA Development Schedule
The development of the 6th Cycle RHNA Plan commenced in Spring 2021. This page will have updates on the RHNA development, draft and final plans, and other information. Updates will also be provided during Regional Planning Advisory Meetings.
- Kern COG has contracted with Regional Government Services Authority (RGS), Rincon Consultants, Inc. and Mintier Harnish Planning Consultants to assist with the development of the 6th Cycle RHNA Plan.
- 6th cycle RHNA introduction and development schedule discussion at the Roundtable Stakeholder Meeting #2
- Member Jursdictional Survey August 25, 2021 – September 8, 2021
- Commence Draft RHNA Methodology Development
- 6th Cycle: In Progress – RHNA Development Schedule
- 5th Cycle: 2013 – 2023 Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan
- 4th Cycle: 2006 – 2013 Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan
San Joaquin Valley Regional Early Action Planning (REAP)
REAP is a State of California funded grant program to help regions and jurisdictions with planning activities to meet the sixth cycle of the regional housing needs assessment, and to spur affordable housing production.
Visit the SJV REAP Website for workshops, technical assistance, case studies and other resources.
California Department of
Kern COG Regional Housing Data Report
Kern COG prepared the 2014 Kern Regional Housing Data Report which is a compilation of required data sets to help local jurisdictions prepare their housing element updates.