Housing Element Update

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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 Project Documents.

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.


Ways to Participate!

Click on the tabs below to provide your input and get engaged in the Housing Element. Registration is required.

The first 50 submissions will be entered in a drawing to win a prize. Multiple winners possible.


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 Project Documents.

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.


Ways to Participate!

Click on the tabs below to provide your input and get engaged in the Housing Element. Registration is required.

The first 50 submissions will be entered in a drawing to win a prize. Multiple winners possible.

Brea Housing Stories

Everyone has a housing story. We encourage you to share what housing means to you, and what you would like housing in Brea to look like going forward by writing and posting your own housing story below. Please make sure to begin your story with a descriptive title. 

Not sure what to share or need some inspiration? Check out the housing stories of other Brea residents below!

Thank you for sharing your story with us. If you haven't done so already, we encourage you to take our Housing Element Survey and to Build Your Dream Home Challenge.

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    Trying to stay in Brea

    by Mike Gleim, 3 months ago
    We love Brea and we are committed to trying hard to stay in the city as we look for our first home purchase. We rent a house for now with our parents and our son. We work and live in central Brea, and feel a sense of calling to contribute to the local community through partnership with city cases, projects and events. We have been looking for a home and keep trying to find something in the city of Brea that’s affordable.
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    Affordable Rents to Keep Home Ownership Aspirations Alive

    4 months ago

    I have lived and worked in Brea for over 20 years. I moved to Brea for its quaintness, good schools, beautiful hills, and wonderful shopping.

    Brea housing to me means something to aspire to. I lived in Fullerton and rented for years until I could afford to purchase my current residence in Brea. I believe there should be affordable housing options; however, I do not believe my neighbor should be able to live in the same type of home for thousands of dollars less just because they don’t qualify to purchase at market rate. My husband and I worked, made... Continue reading

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