If it fails, the State would likely decertify Yorba Linda's Housing Element, leading to potential lawsuits and the threat of Builder’s Remedy. If it succeeds, property owners can proceed with redevelopment according to the zoning code.
Does the Yorba Linda Right-to-Vote (Measure B) override other laws when it comes to rezoning? Why doesn’t it protect Yorba Linda from Builder’s Remedy?
State law takes precedence over local laws and ordinances. Measure B only applies to certain City actions to approve or amend City land use documents. In contrast, the Builder’s Remedy does not require any approval or amendment of City land use documents and indeed prevents a City from using City zoning or General Plan requirements
"Lower income housing" represents housing that is for individuals and families making up to 120% of the area median income (AMI) for a household is split into three categories: moderate, low, and very low. The Orange County AMI is currently $127,800. Moderate income in Orange County would be households making between 80%-120% of AMI, which
The most recent traffic analysis conducted in 2023 indicates that Savi Ranch can accommodate up to 850 additional housing units before reaching an unacceptable level of traffic. The proposed housing plan allows for approximately 800 new units; however, those new housing units (if constructed) would likely replace existing retail space and its associated traffic.
Several cities have filed legal action against the State related to their Housing Elements and recent housing legislation, but these cases are rarely resolved in favor of cities.
The Working Group considered fairness between various parts of the city and deemed Savi Ranch an appropriate location to add housing units. These decisions were influenced by development opportunities, concerns over fire evacuation, and feedback from residents. It is also important to note that the housing proposed in the Savi Ranch area would allow for
The State can subject a city to fines of up to $600,000/month, equating to $7.2 million/year.
The 6th Cycle introduced several new demographic and housing factors that weren't present in previous cycles, including the consideration of "existing housing need" due to overcrowded housing conditions and cost-burdened households. The RHNA number for the SoCal area is also much higher this cycle than previous cycles.
How is the Resident-Driven Housing Element different from the city’s previous Housing Element draft that was turned down by voters in 2022?
This plan was revised based on significantly more in-depth public feedback and took into consideration changes in the retail/business environment, along with the changing public perspective on housing density in the Savi Ranch area.
Current drafts of proposed amendments do not contain provisions that would overturn or that would directly revise the RHNA for this cycle.