Understanding Housing Density

Density refers to the amount of development per acre permitted on a parcel under the applicable zoning, commonly measured as dwelling units per acre (du/ac).

What Does Density Look Like?

10 du/acre

Brandywine Homes – Covington
Yorba Linda, CA
51 units @ 10 du/acre

Melia Homes – Anderson Grove
Yorba Linda, CA
40 units @ 10 du/acre

Brandywine Homes – Provence
Yorba Linda, CA
28 units @ 9 du/acre

20 du/acre

Oakcrest Heights
Yorba Linda, CA
54 units @ 19 du/acre

Oakcrest Terrace
Yorba Linda, CA
69 units @ 22 du/acre

Altrudy Senior Apartments
Yorba Linda, CA
48 units @ 20 du/acre

60 du/acre

Only the Savi Ranch area has zoning for
60 units per acre in the Housing Element.

Granite Court
Irvine, CA
71 units @ 58 du/acre

La Floresta
Brea, CA
204 units @ 68 du/acre

The Depot
Santa Ana, CA
70 units @ 56 du/acre

High Density and Affordable Housing Facts

Affordable Housing

Higher density housing isn’t always affordable housing. These units can be market rate. Adding more homes to the site reduces land and construction costs. There are many upscale areas across California with these types of units.

Community Character

High density does not mean high-rise. These developments can be designed to seamlessly integrate into existing communities and maintain single-family neighborhoods.


The revised, resident-driven Housing Element will maintain the City’s single-family neighborhoods and enhance Savi Ranch economic opportunities.

Property Values

Factors such as location, supply, and demand and existing land value predominantly influence property values, not affordable housing.

Traffic & Infrastructure

With an approved Housing Element, the City can limit the traffic impacts on our community. If the City turns control over to developers and the State, they won’t have the same regard for impacts on our community. Yorba Linda’s Traffic Analysis shows that the impacts from this proposed rezoning will not worsen any traffic conditions below the acceptable level of service conditions.


Studies have found no direct link between housing density or income levels and crime rates. There is a more distinct relationship between the design and use of public spaces and crime levels. With an approved Housing Element, the City will retain control over housing projects, including design and use of public spaces.