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SCAG Rejects Cities’ Appeals, Upholds Santa Ana Housing Allocation

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SCAG Rejects Cities’ Appeals, Upholds Santa Ana Housing Allocation


The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has rejected an appeal by four Orange County cities to shift state-mandated housing allocation requirements to Santa Ana. The cities of Irvine, Yorba Linda, Newport Beach, and Garden Grove contested the state’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) quotas, arguing that Santa Ana should be required to build an additional 10,000 housing units. The SCAG RHNA Appeals Board on Jan. 15 voted unanimously to deny all four appeals and upheld previous quotas requiring Santa Ana to zone land to accommodate 3,087 new housing units. The group is currently meeting to decide where affordable housing will be built in the region through October 2029. Anaheim City Councilman Trevor O’Neil, a SCAG regional councilmember, told The Epoch Times he disagrees with Santa Ana’s “low allocation when compared to other Orange County cities,” but was not surprised by the decision based on the association’s methodology that determined …

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