Brief Timeline of Yorba Linda and High Density Housing

1977 – California Legislature developed the RHNA (Regional Housing Needs Assessment) process
2005 – YL Planning Commission approves development with 114 units of senior housing on Lakebed property – denied by YL City Council
2006 – Measure B – Yorba Linda Right-To-Vote Amendment passed
2007 – ETCO Development proposes 8 single-family homes on the Lakebed property – rejected
2008 – SB 375 – Climate Control Law passed
2011 – Final EIR approved for the 2008-2014 Housing Element
October 4, 2011 – City Council approved 2008-2014 Housing Element and residential rezonings
February 6, 2012 – State reduces RHNA numbers from 2039 to 669 for new 5th Cycle Housing Element Cycle
February 15, 2012 – City of YL enters into an agreement with Lilley Planning Group to prepare and undertake the 2008-2014 Housing Element Implementation Measure B Election Community Outreach Program.
June 5, 2012 – Measure H vote passes (61% to 39%)
June 5, 2012 – Measure I vote passes (53% to 47%)

Timeline of the Yorba Linda Lakebed

1870’s – The Anaheim Union Canal was constructed to bring irrigation water from the Santa Ana River to the area that is now Yorba Linda, Placentia, East Fullerton, and East Anaheim. It was originally called the Cajon Canal.
1902 – The land occupied by the Yorba Reservoir was acquired by the Anaheim Union Water Company.
1905 – Construction of the Yorba Reservoir began.
1908 – The Yorba Reservoir first used to store water.
1932 – The dam and part of the reservoir bottom were treated with oil to reduce seepage, an ongoing issue with the dam.
1940 – The height of the dam was increased to give a spillway level water surface of 60 acres.
1951 – Extensive soil treatment of the dam was completed to reduce seepage.
1963 – Reservoir seepage was estimated at 8-12 acre feet per day. A management report to the Anaheim Union Water Co. recommended that all water related activities be discontinued.
June, 1969 – The Yorba Rerservoir was drained.
1972 – The Yorba Reservoir was acquired by the Orange County Flood Control District for use as a flood retarding basin.
1973 – A dam safety analysis showed the dam unsafe to impound water permanently.
1975 – The reservoir outlet gate was removed and a debris barrier installed.
1979 – The Yorba Linda Lakebed Association, Inc. was formed to protect and promote the natural open space and wildlife environment.
2014 – The citizens of Yorba Linda are tasked with the continued endeavor to protect and promote the natural open space and wildlife environment.