Measure Y

Chino Housing with carefully trimmed hedges and greenery

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.

Overlay detail:

  • 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.


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.

Measure Y Resources

Measure Y Community Forum 

hosted by the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce

Measure Y Overview

Measure Y Frequently Asked Questions Answered by Mayor Ulloa

Mayor's Message - Measure Y

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.

  1. What is the Housing Element Update?
  2. Why is the Housing Element being updated?
  3. What is RHNA?

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. 

If you have any questions on Measure Y, the Housing Element Update, or RHNA, please call 909-334-3269.