- Napa County Regional Housing Needs Allocation Process
- In partnership with Envirocom, the Center is providing facilitation, negotiation and public participation services to the Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency’s six member jurisdictions (American Canyon, Yountville, Calistoga, St. Helena, Napa City and Napa County) toward the creation of a successful Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process that will be implemented from 2014 to 2022. RHNA is a state mandated process for determining how many housing units, including affordable units, each community must plan to accommodate.
- California law requires regional councils of government in California to determine the existing and projected regional housing needs. In the Bay Area, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) performs this function. ABAG is required to determine each county’s share of projected regional housing need.
- The jurisdictions decided to launch a sub-regional process, where they develop their own methodology to apply to the allocation process which can increase local control and allow for more flexibility in making adjustments to jurisdictional allocations.
- This project included an assessment, where confidential meetings were held with local elected leaders and city administrators; focus groups were held with stakeholder groups (affordable housing, neighborhood groups, developers, wine industry/agriculture, local business, schools, mobile home parks). An online survey was also created to seek input from all other interested members of the public. Two public workshops were held during the first phase of the effort to educate participants as to the process at hand and seek their feedback on the importance of various statutory factors. (For example, a factor with high importance to all was “protect prime agricultural land.”) Approximately 60 people attended each of the first two workshops. A final public workshop was held in the May 2012 to receive public comment on the subregion’s draft methodology. The Center and Envirocom assisted the subregion with any final negotiations through the end of 2012.