How is the current RHNA Cycle different from previous ones?

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.

2023-10-26T15:13:39-07:00September 28th, 2023|

What is the Measure B, aka Right-to-Vote Amendment (RTVA), and why does it matter during a Housing Element update?

Enacted in 2006, Measure B, or the Right-To-Vote Amendment (RTVA), is a citizen-sponsored, voter-approved initiative, incorporated within the City’s Municipal Code. It requires citywide elections for the approval of certain “Major Amendments” to the City’s Planning Policy Documents, including the Housing Element. Although this measure highlights the value of community participation, it creates an additional

2023-10-26T15:17:25-07:00August 23rd, 2023|

What is the City’s role in making sure Yorba Linda fulfills its Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) number?

Importantly, the City does not build housing. The market and market influences, such as certain subsidies, the macroeconomy, interest rates and more determine what housing gets built. The City’s role is to create zoning that would theoretically allow that number of housing units to be built over the RHNA period, in this case, 2021 to

2023-10-26T15:18:29-07:00August 23rd, 2023|

What is a Housing Element?

A Housing Element is a State-mandated policy document within a City’s General Plan that identifies existing and future housing needs determined by the State and establishes clear goals and zoning changes needed to meet those goals. The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is tasked with reviewing Housing Elements for compliance with State

2023-08-23T20:49:03-07:00August 23rd, 2023|
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