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.


Member Jurisdiction Survey Results

State law requires Fresno COG to survey its member jurisdictions to request information that will inform the development of the RHNA Plan, by collecting data regarding the Objectives and Factors required for consideration in RHNA Plan development. The survey was conducted in March of 2021 and compiled a summary of the results in the report linked below.


Fresno COG RHNA Member Jurisdiction Survey Results


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 #1 Summary


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


Slides (4/21/21)

Meeting #2 Summary

Comment letter from Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

FCOG’s response to Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability’s comment letter


Meeting #3 – May 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM


Data Layers (updated Aug. 2021)


Meeting #3 Summary


Meeting #4 – June 24, 2021 at 9:00 AM to Noon



Fresno COG RHNA Allocation Tool

Meeting #4 Summary


Meeting #5 – August 26, 2021 at 9:00 AM to Noon



Meeting #5 Summary

Fresno-COG RHNA Allocation Tool (7/7/21)


Factor Tool Office Hours: 3 Sessions
PlaceWorks will host three office hours meetings in advance of Meeting 5 to answer questions and assist members with utilizing the tool to explore allocation options. These will be held during the following times:

  • Wednesday, August 18 from 10:00 – 11:00AM
  • Tuesday, August 24 from 2:00PM – 3:00PM
  • Wednesday, August 25 from 10:00 – 11:00AM

Please use the following Zoom log-in information for all three sessions.

Zoom Meeting Link:

Password: FCOGRHNA



Meeting #6 – September 23, 2021 at 9:00 AM to Noon






Meeting #7 – Friday, December 17, 2021 at 9:00 AM to Noon




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.

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

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

Workshop Presentation Slides

Workshop Summary and Presentation


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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