Fresno County Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan

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Fresno County Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan


Fresno COG is currently developing its 6th Cycle Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) Plan. RHNA is a state-mandated process to 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 RHNA process, the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) allocates shares of statewide housing need, by income category, to councils of governments (COGs), and advises COGs in the preparation of the RHNA plan. Fresno COG, as the council of government for the Fresno County region, is then required to develop a methodology to distribute the housing need to jurisdictions within the region and prepare a regional housing needs allocation plan that determines housing allocations specific to jurisdictions and furthers the objectives of Government Code Section 65584. Each local jurisdiction must then update the Housing Element of its General Plan in accordance with the community’s housing needs.

Senate Bill 375 (Chapter 728, Statutes of 2008) strengthened the coordination between housing and transportation planning and amended the RHNA schedule and methodology to align with the development Regional Transportation Plans and Sustainable Communities Strategies (RTP/SCS). The development of Fresno COG’s 2022 RTP/SCS will happen in tandem with the 6th Cycle RHNA Plan.

In prior RHNA cycles, Fresno COG prepared the RHNA Plan in house via coordination with its member jurisdictions, key stakeholders, and HCD. For the 6th Cycle update, Fresno COG has retained the consultant firm PlaceWorks to assist with the project, because new State requirements have made the RHNA process more complex, and new funding is available for RHNA from HCD through the Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) grants program.


Fresno COG initiated the development of the 6th Cycle RHNA Plan in early 2021 and anticipates adopting the final RHNA Plan in the summer of 2022 along with the 2022 RTP/SCS. Local jurisdiction housing element updates will then be due by December 2023.

As the RHNA Plan is developed, draft and final documents will be posted on this web page. If you would like to receive information via email, please send an email to Meg Prince at to be added to the email distribution list.



RHNA Stakeholder Workshops


The Fresno Council of Governments (Fresno COG) invites you to participate in a virtual workshop focused on informing development of the Sixth Cycle Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Plan. We will hold two identical workshops. Please register for the date and time most convenient to you.


Workshop Dates and Registration

Workshop 1Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM

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Workshop 2:  Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM

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RHNA Subcommittee

Fresno COG will convene a RHNA Subcommittee made up of local government officials and regional stakeholders to advise Fresno COG in developing a methodology for allocating a share of the region’s total housing units to each local government.


RHNA Subcommittee Charter

Meeting #1 – January 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM


Meeting #2 – April 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM


Meeting #3 – May 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM


Past RHNA Plans

Final 2013 RHNA Plan

Final 2007 RHNA Plan

Final 2001 RHNA Plan

Fresno Council of Governments Staff

Meg Prince

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