RHNA (Regional Housing Needs Assessment) are future housing needs assessments that the State required each County and city in California to provide to HCD. SANDAG is agency responsible for the methodology used to arrive at the numbers, and is responsible for distributing the numbers of needed housing to every city and county in its jurisdiction. SANDAG has never given specific target numbers of housing to each of the Plan Areas that make up the City of San Diego. Instead, they have used one total for all 52 Plan Areas. That number is 88,096 as reported to the State agency responsible for implementing RHNA.
Below is a map of the latest SANDAG Series 13 Regional Growth Forecasts of predicted housing needed by census tract in our Community Plan Areas with a baseline of 2012 to an end date of 2035. SANDAG and the City are not using these forecasts as RHNA assessments for our specific Plan Areas. Instead, they use the “Smart Growth” maps, “TOD” and “City of Villages” concepts to arrive at the numbers of housing each of the 52 Plan Areas will have to plan for in the updates of our Community Plans.
So what? The problem with not having specific RHNA numbers comes when the 52 Community Plan Areas want to update their plans and have no specific numbers with which to work. (View 52 plan areas here: https://www.sandiego.gov/
Read more about RHNA (Regional Housing Needs Assessment).
**The below map shows SANDAG’s housing needs forecast (Series 13) for the period of 2012 to 2035. These numbers are NOT RHNA numbers and therefore are not the housing targets that SANDAG is attempting to meet in our Plan Areas.
Note that the above figures taken from SANDAG’s Series 13 Data trough their public “Data Surfer,” were completed using the “Tract” as location for specific numbers. But, when the numbers are generated using “CPA” Community Plan Areas, the numbers have huge discrepancies. Clairemont’s total for the search with census tract as location is 1,944 units, but using the same source (Series 13) Data Surfer with location set to CPAs, Clairemont’s total housing number is 2,322. For Linda Vista, the total cenus tract search is 1,621, but using the CPA search, it is 2,588. Some of Linda Vista’s discrepancy may be due to the census tract area searches that came up with no data (indicated as ND* above). Map provided by James LaMattery.