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Q: I understand the City of Saratoga will soon be updating its Housing Element. What is the status now, and how can I get involved?
A: Every 8 years, California Cities are required to update their Housing Element to plan for projected housing needs at all income levels. A key component of this process is the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA).
The State has determined 441,176 new housing units need to be constructed in the Bay Area between 2023 and 2031. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) has developed a methodology to distribute this number among each of the Cities and Counties in the Bay Area beginning in Spring 2021. Based on ABAG’s draft methodology, we are expecting Saratoga’s RHNA to be approximately 1,712 new units. This is an increase compared to the City’s last RHNA of 439 units.? The City of Saratoga submitted a comment letter to ABAG expressing concerns and providing input on the draft methodology.
ABAG is hosting two webinars to present the Draft RHNA Methodology. The first was held on December 18. The second will be held on Tuesday, January 5 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The Zoom link is http://bit.ly/2KC6C8D, and the passcode is 011333.
Once the draft methodology is approved and the City receives its RHNA, the Housing Element update process will begin in Saratoga. Please stay engaged with the City throughout this important process! We will continue to share information and ways you can get involved, ask questions, and share your feedback. For more information, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/rhna