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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.

Through a comprehensive analysis of existing and future needs, the State has determined that an additional 1.34 million housing units need to be constructed in the SCAG region during the next planning period, of which Yorba Linda is currently expected to provide a minimum of 2,411 new units. However, on October 6, 2020, the City Council unanimously directed City staff to file an appeal of its assigned 2,411 housing units. The City Council has determined that this number was calculated in a manner that did not follow state housing laws and is requesting an adjustment of the City’s housing responsibility. 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 encourage residents to visit our new website ylhousingelementupdate.com and to check back frequently for updates. 

 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.

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.

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