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Posted on: October 15, 2020

City Prepares Housing Element Update

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The City of Yorba Linda, along with all jurisdictions throughout the State, is mandated by California State Law to prepare a Housing Element update for State certification. The Housing Element is part of the City's General Plan and includes goals, policies, programs, and quantified objectives to further the development, improvement, and preservation of housing. State Housing Element law requires that each City and County identify and analyze existing and projected housing needs within their jurisdiction during an eight-year planning period, which for jurisdictions in the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region, extends from October 2021 through October 2029 for the 6th cycle planning period.

The City has launched a website to keep the public informed and to allow the public to participate in the process of updating the Housing Element. The City encourages residents to visit our new website and to check back frequently for updates.

Public Workshop

The City Council and Planning Commission held the City’s first public workshop meeting to introduce the City’s Housing Element update on October 20, 2020. Residents can view a recording of the meeting. Please stay tuned for more public meetings regarding the Housing Element Update process.


Take the Survey

The City also encourages residents to participate in a brief survey to solicit feedback and identify the community’s most important housing needs. The survey includes an opportunity to provide input on potential sites for where new housing should be considered. If you have any questions, please email our Housing Element team.

Identify Housing Sites

Residents are invited to provide input on potential sites for new housing development consideration. Visit to participate in a virtual brainstorming session and to leave a comment on potential sites. Considerations include: are there areas in the City that are currently underutilized or properties that should be considered for potential redevelopment for housing? Are you aware of any property owners considering the development of their properties? Residents' input will assist staff in developing a list of potential housing sites that will be made available for public review and comment.

Directions for leaving a comment on potential housing sites:

  • Visit
  • Choose the Public Housing Element Comment thumbnail image;
  • To add a comment, navigate to a location on the map where you would like to make a comment, zoom in, and then click the green star in the upper left hand corner;
  • Click on the map at the location of interest, and a popup box will appear where you can add your comment; and
  • Enter your comment, then click on the X in the top right corner.

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