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.
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.
California state housing policy and RHNA allocation are all subjects of discussion and policy debate for their merits and actual impact on the housing market. However, the City must develop a compliant Housing Element and related zoning or it will face the loss of local control for land use, risk substantial fines, lose access to
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
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
RHNA is a State-mandated process quantifying the need for housing in each city and county throughout the State. The RHNA process assigns a total number of housing units that each local government must plan for with its land use policies and outlines the general price points that the housing should seek to target. The RHNA
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