The Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG) recently announced the adoption of the county’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). Housing allocations outlined in the RHNA are important components of the Housing Element updates of the County and seven cities in Humboldt County.  Each jurisdiction is required to update their Housing Element to accommodate adequate general plan and zoning capacity for their allocation by income.

Important Note: It is up to each local government to plan where and how the allocated housing units will be developed in their communities. The RHNA is a distribution of housing capacity that each city and county must zone for in a planning period. It is not a construction need allocation and jurisdictions are not required to provide housing designated by the RHNA process.  

Final Allocation


HCOAG  is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA). Membership includes Humboldt County and the cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell and Trinidad. The Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Plan fulfills HCOAG’s mandated requirement to allocate by income category, each jurisdiction’s “fair share” of projected housing needs for the period of December 31, 2018 through August 31, 2027

Local governments had a right to appeal the allocation but no appeals were filed, according to HCOAG director Marcella Clem.

Please see the final document HERE