Planning for Housing
Planning for Housing in the Gateway Cities
A local jurisdiction's vision, goals and plans for housing are expressed in the Land Use and Housing Elements of its comprehensive General Plan, as well as in its Zoning Code and Design Standards.
Meeting the RHNA
Housing Elements are planning documents that are developed in eight year cycles, based on the state mandated Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) that quantifies the need for housing at all income levels, within each jurisdiction. The 6th Cycle Housing Elements are due to the State in October of 2021.
GCCOG REAP Program
In partnership with SCAG, the Gateway Cities COG is currently administering the Regional Early Action Program (REAP) Subregional Partnership Program for the Gateway Cities subregion. This program is intended to increase planning to accelerate housing production throughout the SCAG region through implementable actions that will increase housing supply to meet the sixth cycle regional housing needs assessment (RHNA).
Where Are We Now?
Gateway Cities 2019 Housing Assessment
- List of Subregional Housing Programs
- Legislation Impacting 6th Cycle Housing Elements
- Subregional RHNA Progress
Housing Planning Resources
General Plan Guidelines | Office of Planning and Research, State of California
Zoning Code Updates
Planning and Zoning Regulation | Office of Planning and Research, State of California
Senate Bill 9 Fact Sheet (2021) | State of California Housing & Community Development
Objective Design Standards
Streamlined Ministerial Approval Process Program Guidelines | State of California Housing & Community Development
Prohousing Designation Program | State of California Housing & Community Development
Presentation: Prohousing Designation Program
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH - AB 686)
Funding for Planning
Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) Grant
Infill Infrastructure Grants (IIG), HCD
Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC), HCD
Transformative Climate Communities (TCC), Strategic Growth Council