Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is Measure Z?
The Yorba Linda Right-To-Vote Amendment (RTVA) is a citizen sponsored, voter-approved initiative, incorporated within the City’s Municipal Code. The Right-To-Vote Amendment was passed by the electorate of Yorba Linda in 2006 (it appeared on the ballot as Measure B at the time). The RTVA requires citywide elections for the approval of certain “Major Amendments” to the City’s Planning Policy Documents (including the zoning code and map).
On August 9, 2022, the City Council directed staff to place a ballot measure on the November 8, 2022 General Election as to rezone 19 opportunity sites identified in the 2021-2029 Housing Element, pursuant to the RTVA. The Orange County Registrar of Voter has assigned the letter "Z" to the upcoming ballot measure (i.e., Measure Z).
2. Which Housing Element opportunity sites are subject to the Measure Z vote?
Nineteen (19) opportunity sites are proposed for rezoning to accommodate housing opportunities in support of satisfying the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). An affirmative Measure Z vote by the Yorba Linda electorate would effectuate rezoning of 19 of the total 27 housing opportunity sites contained in the City's certified 2021-2029 Housing Element. Whether development of housing on these 19 sites occurs in the future would be 100% up to the property owner and private market forces to determine. The City's only obligation under State law is to provide additional housing capacity through rezoning.
Click the interactive map below to view the 19 opportunity sites that will appear on the Measure Z ballot.
On August 2, 2022, the City Council voted to remove or defer action on the following sites:
Site S4-060: 5541 South Ohio Street
Site S4-201: 5531 South Ohio Street
Site S4-053: SW corner of Kellogg Drive and Grandview Avenue
Site S7-005: NE corner of Camino de Bryant and Meadow Land Drive
Site S7-001: Bryant Ranch Shopping Center
Site S3-082: 4791 and 4811 Eureka Avenue
Site S3-207: 5300-5392 Richfield Road
Site S5-008: Fairmont Boulevard
This action allows the City to comply with the timeline within its certified Housing Element while remaining eligible for a time extension allowed by State law. The City intends to use this additional time to solicit more community input on additional sites that could be added to the Housing Sites Inventory to reduce the number of units assigned to the deferred sites.
3. How does Measure Z impact potential sites in the City's Housing Element?
Although Yorba Linda can accommodate some of the State-mandated housing units (i.e., required additional housing capacity) on property already designated for homes, the City needs to rezone additional sites to accommodate the additional unmet housing capacity needed to meet State requirements.
Measure Z applies to the 19 Housing Element opportunity sites proposed for rezoning as part of the general election. This process will be similar to Measures H and I (consisting of Savi Ranch properties) successfully passed by Yorba Linda voters on June 5, 2012.
The Measure Z vote will not authorize construction on any of the opportunity sites. When/If specific residential developments are proposed by property owners in the future, they will require public review and approval to ensure that Yorba Linda’s established expectations of high quality design are met.
4. What will the Measure Z ballot question look like?
On August 9, 2022, the Yorba Linda City Council, pursuant to California Elections Code, Section 9222, ordered the following question be submitted to registered voters in a ballot measure in the Municipal Election to be held on November 8, 2022:
Ordinances subject to a Measure Z vote include:
Ordinance No. 2022-1091 which would amend specified provisions of the Land Use Element and Land Use diagram of the City’s General Plan (“General Plan Amendment 2022-021”)
Ordinance No. 2022-1093 which would amend specified provisions of the City’s Zoning Code and Zoning Map (“Zone Change 2022-02”) (collectively the “Proposed Amendments”)
The City Council also ordered that the entirety of Ordinance Nos. 2022-1091 and 2022-1093 be printed in the sample ballot and/or voter guide materials.
5. How do the possible outcomes of the Measure Z vote impact the Yorba Linda community?
6. When does the Measure Z vote take place?
The Measure Z vote will appear on the November 8, 2022 general election ballot.
The Orange County Registrar of Voters will mail election ballots to all registered voters in the City of Yorba Linda starting October 10, 2022.