SCAG mandates 4,832 new dwellings
to satisfy RHNA in Newport Beach.
And thousands more dwellings for other Orange County coastal corridor cities.
Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) revised its 6th Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA … pronounced Reehna) allocation methodology and mandated that Newport Beach plan for 4,832 more dwelling units by 2020. And Newport Beach’s General Plan Housing and Circulation Elements will need to be updated to formally reflect this change.
Newport Beach isn’t alone. SCAG’s revised RHNA impacts all Orange County coastal corridor cities, making the cumulative increase of dwellings untenable in coastal areas noted for their fragile and limited resources and with populations that already increase dramatically most weekends and holidays.
SPON has initiated a Resolution that opposes the most recent RHNA mandate, and seeks to find alternative solutions to local housing needs. If you have not yet had a chance to endorse the SPON Resolution, please do so here as soon as possible. The endorsements will be presented to City Council on January 28, 2020.
The City has written letters to the State and its housing agencies, and has established a new Housing Element Advisory Committee. Applications are in the process of being reviewed. The City established a unique and varied set of skills that applicants needed in order to apply. City Council will shortly make their appointments to this new advisory committee.