In 1982, the City of Yorba Linda annexed about 407 acres of land within the horseshoe-bend area of the Santa Ana Canyon, at the request of the Santa Ana Valley Irrigation Company. From its owner’s name, this land became known as Savi Ranch. The commercial, industrial and office area consists of approximately 175 acres and is adjacent to the SR-91 Freeway. This is the City’s only direct connection to any one of Orange County’s major freeways with access off the Yorba Linda Boulevard/Weir Canyon exit.
Given that Savi Ranch is Yorba Linda’s major job center and retail destination, the area is a significant source of sales tax to Yorba Linda and provides approximately 60% of the City’s sales tax revenue. As such, the City has concentrated many of its economic development efforts in and around Savi Ranch, including a $1 million investment in signage along SR-91.
Businesses in Savi Ranch
Today, the retail portion of Savi Ranch is home to several major retailers including Costco, Ashley Furniture, Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl’s, PetsMart, Staples, Sprouts, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Additionally, the area hosts several quick-service restaurants and two large hotels, Ayers Suites and Extended Stay. Most recently, a Maserati and Alfa Romeo dealership have found a home along Oakcrest Circle, with prime visibility to the freeway. As such, there may be future opportunities for additional dealerships in the vicinity.
Also located in Savi Ranch is the headquarters of John Force Racing, which is home to 16-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, his team of drivers, and their cars. An on-site museum is dedicated to Force's career. Another large component of Savi Ranch is the presence of prominent medical, bio-med, and research and development firms, including Nobel Biocare, Kaiser Medical, VITA, and other companies with their national or international headquarters in Savi Ranch.
Land Use & Mobility Vision Plan
Because of its location, the area has enormous potential to serve regional shopping, dining, entertainment, and employment needs of North Orange County. From 2013 to 2015, the City embarked on a mission to collaborate with the community, businesses, and property owners to identify a new 30-year land use and mobility vision plan for Savi Ranch.
The Vision Plan is intended to be implemented as an alternative to the existing Savi Ranch land use, providing business and property owners the flexibility to market and adapt their properties based on market trends and Savi’s long-term potential.
In April 2015, the Yorba Linda City Council approved a Land Use and Mobility Plan framework which defined a range of uses for the project area, including biotech research and development, entertainment uses, mixed-use commercial and office space, traditional retail, mixed-use flex space, and multifamily residential. The adopted Land Use and Mobility Plan (PDF) is available for public review.