The Chino City Council has placed a ballot measure on the June 7, 2022 Statewide Direct Primary Election Ballot proposing an ordinance to approve the Housing Element Update to include the application of two identified overlay strategies encompassing affordable housing and mixed-uses that the City of Chino will use to meet its State-mandated Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation as well as to file a Housing Element Update that complies with State law.
Measure Y, if approved by voters, will permit the use of a “two overlay” strategy.
The two overlay strategy identifies a total of 91 sites where the potential for future development of residential units will be allowed. The selection of these sites required city staff to contact respective land-owners.
- Affordable Housing Overlay (AFF-OV): 44 sites
- Mixed-Use (MU-OV) Overlay: 47 sites
- Both overlay zones combined = 1.2 percent of the total land area of Chino
- All identified parcels within the Overlay Zones = 0.34 percent of the total parcels in Chino
The approval of Measure Y will approve the two overlay strategy and allow for a Housing Element Update that complies with State law.
The denial of Measure Y will deny the two overlay strategy and will mean a Housing Element Update that will be out of compliance with State law. Non-compliance could (among many other things):
- Prohibit Chino City Council from disapproving future housing developments
- Suspend local administrative authority to issue zoning approvals (permits)
- Open the City of Chino to financial penalties from the State of California
- Mean losing local opportunities for substantial State grant funding
Measure Y only addresses the proposed two overlay strategy as it relates to the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update, it does not affect Measure M.
MAINTAINING MEASURE M
On November 8, 1988, the people of Chino Adopted Measure M to amend the General Plan. Measure M only applies to territory that was within Chino’s geographical boundaries as of November 8, 1988.
Measure M prohibits the City Council from increasing residential density or rezoning non-residential land for residential uses without a vote of the people.
To update its Housing Element, Chino needs to rezone non-residential land.
A compliant Housing Element requires compliance with Measure M.
Ballot Measure Texts, Arguments, and Impartial Analyses
Council Discussion - Ballot Measure
Staff report presentation from February 15, 2022 Council Meeting on Item 15 - Argument In Support of Ballot Measure - June 7, 2022 Direct Primary Election. Argument In Support Of Ballot Measure Per Measure M to Adopt Overlay Strategies as part of the 2021-29 Housing Element Update.
Measure Y Overview
Mayor's Message - Measure Y
Measure Y Frequently Asked Questions Answered by Mayor Ulloa
The Housing Element is a city-initiated document that identifies policies and programs to meet existing and projected future housing needs for all economic segments in the City of Chino. State law requires the City to update its Housing Element every eight years. The 2021 to 2029 Housing Element identifies specific actions to be taken over the eight-year planning period to address local housing needs.
Key features of the Housing Element include:
- An up-to-date population and housing profile of Chino
- An evaluation of local and regional housing constraints
- An evaluation of existing housing programs and policies
- The identification of sites to accommodate new housing at all income levels
- The development of policies, programs, and quantified objectives that support housing goals
The Housing Element is one of the eight State-mandated elements of the City’s General Plan. In January 2022, the City of Chino adopted its 6th cycle Housing Element Update Draft for 2021 – 2029.
The City of Chino is required by State law to update its Housing Element every eight years. The existing and current Housing Element is for the 2013 to 2021 planning period. The City of Chino is now laying the groundwork for the 2021 to 2029 planning period.
A Housing Element Update ensures:
- Compliance with state housing laws
- Eligibility for state grants and funding sources
- A policy framework that supports meeting future housing growth needs
- That community members have opportunities to get involved in the planning process
- That the City of Chino maintains local control on being able to approve and disapprove potential housing developments
California’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) is a process for determining future housing need based on growth in population, household size, and employment status. The RHNA process is mandated by State law and aims for fair housing supply across equitable income levels. RHNA is completely managed through the State via the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
For the 2021 to 2029 planning period, the City of Chino has been allocated an estimated 6,959 units to accommodate growth by income category. The Housing Element Update must provide sites to accommodate this estimated growth in order to avoid potentially severe state penalties.
Current RHNA allocations are historic, with some cities facing over a 300% increase from previous cycles.
To learn more about the City of Chino’s RHNA allocation, please see the below table:
|Income Category||% of Median Family Income||Income Range||RHNA|
|Very Low Income||0-50%||--||$37,650||2,113|
|Above Moderate Income||>120%||$90,361||>$91,361||2,378|
If you have any questions on Measure Y, the Housing Element Update, or RHNA, please call 909-334-3269.