Cypress Housing Element Implementation Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Cypress
Document Title
Cypress Housing Element Implementation Project
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Document Description
The City of Cypress (City) recently updated its General Plan Housing Element for the 6th Cycle Planning Period from 2021 to 2029. Although the City’s 2021–2029 Housing Element identifies several adequate sites that are able to accommodate the development of up to 1,946 new housing units, Cypress has a large unaccommodated housing need of 1,990 units to meet its Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation of 3,936 units. The 2021–2029 Housing Element outlined several sites that are candidates for future housing development (Opportunity Sites) and identified two potential rezoning scenarios, which are described below. However, the 2021–2029 Housing Element did not actually amend the City’s planning and zoning documents. Instead, the 2021–2029 Housing Element includes a program that requires that the City rezone identified parcels in the sites inventory within 18 months of the 2021–2029 Housing Element’s adoption date to ensure the provision of adequate and appropriate sites for future housing development (Housing Program 12). The proposed project is a programmatic update to the City’s General Plan, Lincoln Avenue Specific Plan (LASP), Cypress Town Center and Commons Specific Plan 2.0 (CTCC Specific Plan), Cypress Business and Professional Center Specific Plan (CBPC Specific Plan), and Zoning Ordinance and would not directly result in physical development. The proposed project includes amendments to the City’s Zoning Ordinance and an update of the City’s General Plan to reflect the 2021–2029 Housing Element adopted on June 27, 2022. The proposed project would update the City’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance, and the Lincoln Avenue Specific Plan to be “internally consistent,” meaning any and all conflicts must be acknowledged and resolved. In order for the 2021–2029 Housing Element to be internally consistent with the Zoning Ordinance and Specific Plans, the proposed project would rezone sites and/or amend the General Plan to accommodate the City’s housing needs, as set forth in the 2021-2029 Housing Element. The proposed project divides the City’s RHNA between the CTCC Specific Plan, CBPC Specific Plan area and LASP area. Under the proposed project, the allowable residential density within approximately 42 acres of the CTCC Specific Plan area would increase to up to 30 dwelling units per acre to accommodate a maximum of an additional 676 units and the existing unit cap of 1,250 units would be revised to allow development up to 1,791 total residential units. The zoning in the remainder of the CTCC Specific Plan would remain unchanged. With these proposed changes, an estimated 1,791 units could be accommodated within the CTCC Specific Plan area, in addition to the 135-unit Belmont project currently under construction. Cypress currently has the capacity to accommodate the development of up to 1,946 new housing units, which includes 504 housing units that are already entitled (approved or currently under construction). Therefore, the proposed rezoning action under the proposed project would increase the City’s development capacity to 4,260 units, representing an increase of 2,314 units compared to the City’s existing planning and zoning documents.

Contact Information

Alicia Velasco
Agency Name
City of Cypress
Job Title
Planning Director
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
Parcel #
State Highways
I-405, I-605, SR-22
JFTB Los Alamitos
See NOC attachment
Coyote Creek, Stanton Channel, Bolsa Chica Channel, Carbon Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 12 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region 8 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 8, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
Development Types
Other (Housing Element)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan, Rezone
Project Issues
Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Public Services, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Energy Use
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


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