Housing Element Update

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Click Here to view the Draft Housing Element



Click here to watch the Housing Element: Chapter 1 video in: Spanish, Korean, or Chinese.

Welcome!

This is the community portal for the City of Brea 2021-2029 Housing Element Update. In order to address a number of State regulations, the City is going through a process to update the Housing Element of the General Plan, required every 8 years. Here you will find an overview of the project, FAQs, project updates, information on upcoming workshops, and related resources and documents.


Housing Element 101

The Housing Element of the General Plan is a State-mandated policy document that identifies Brea’s existing and future housing needs and establishes clear goals to inform future housing decisions. It is drafted in accordance with the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), which quantifies the existing and projected need for housing by income categories for each local jurisdiction during specified planning periods. The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) determined each city’s housing growth need projections for the 6th cycle RHNA allocation plan which will cover the planning period of October 2021 through October 2029.

The City’s Housing Element provides goals, policies and programs that address:

  • Maintaining existing housing quality and affordability
  • Assisting in the provision of new affordable housing
  • Providing adequate housing sites to address Brea's regional housing needs (RHNA)
  • Identifying and removing governmental constraints to housing development
  • Promoting equal housing opportunities
  • Promoting sustainability, energy efficiency and healthy community

Unlike other elements of the General Plan, State law requires the Housing Element to be updated every eight years. The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is tasked with reviewing Housing Elements for compliance with State housing laws. The City’s existing 2014-2021 Housing Element remains active until the 2021-2029 update is adopted (with a targeted adoption date of October 2021). The existing Housing Element is available under Resources/Library.

Check out the FACT SHEET to learn more.



Housing in Brea Today


Stone Valley Townhomes

Bonterra Apartments

South Brea Lofts


Brea has an active history of supporting affordable housing in its community, highlighted below:

  • The City and its former Redevelopment Agency have facilitated the development and acquisition/rehabilitation of sixteen affordable and mixed income rental projects, providing 587 rent-restricted units for very low, low and moderate-income households.
  • Brea’s Affordable Housing Ordinance, which requires projects with 20 or more units to set-aside 10% as affordable to moderate income households, has resulted in 115 affordable homeownership units integrated within market rate developments in Brea.
  • The City provides rehabilitation assistance to lower income homeowners to make needed repairs.
  • The City has adopted regulations to encourage the provision of accessory dwelling units (aka “granny flats”) which provide lower cost housing options for individuals and small households.

Click here to learn more about Housing Programs in Brea.


Click Here to view the Draft Housing Element



Click here to watch the Housing Element: Chapter 1 video in: Spanish, Korean, or Chinese.

Welcome!

This is the community portal for the City of Brea 2021-2029 Housing Element Update. In order to address a number of State regulations, the City is going through a process to update the Housing Element of the General Plan, required every 8 years. Here you will find an overview of the project, FAQs, project updates, information on upcoming workshops, and related resources and documents.


Housing Element 101

The Housing Element of the General Plan is a State-mandated policy document that identifies Brea’s existing and future housing needs and establishes clear goals to inform future housing decisions. It is drafted in accordance with the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), which quantifies the existing and projected need for housing by income categories for each local jurisdiction during specified planning periods. The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) determined each city’s housing growth need projections for the 6th cycle RHNA allocation plan which will cover the planning period of October 2021 through October 2029.

The City’s Housing Element provides goals, policies and programs that address:

  • Maintaining existing housing quality and affordability
  • Assisting in the provision of new affordable housing
  • Providing adequate housing sites to address Brea's regional housing needs (RHNA)
  • Identifying and removing governmental constraints to housing development
  • Promoting equal housing opportunities
  • Promoting sustainability, energy efficiency and healthy community

Unlike other elements of the General Plan, State law requires the Housing Element to be updated every eight years. The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is tasked with reviewing Housing Elements for compliance with State housing laws. The City’s existing 2014-2021 Housing Element remains active until the 2021-2029 update is adopted (with a targeted adoption date of October 2021). The existing Housing Element is available under Resources/Library.

Check out the FACT SHEET to learn more.



Housing in Brea Today


Stone Valley Townhomes

Bonterra Apartments

South Brea Lofts


Brea has an active history of supporting affordable housing in its community, highlighted below:

  • The City and its former Redevelopment Agency have facilitated the development and acquisition/rehabilitation of sixteen affordable and mixed income rental projects, providing 587 rent-restricted units for very low, low and moderate-income households.
  • Brea’s Affordable Housing Ordinance, which requires projects with 20 or more units to set-aside 10% as affordable to moderate income households, has resulted in 115 affordable homeownership units integrated within market rate developments in Brea.
  • The City provides rehabilitation assistance to lower income homeowners to make needed repairs.
  • The City has adopted regulations to encourage the provision of accessory dwelling units (aka “granny flats”) which provide lower cost housing options for individuals and small households.

Click here to learn more about Housing Programs in Brea.