City Manager's Report March 12, 2021

Housing Element Update - The Community’s Feedback is Important

The City of Brea encourages all those who live, work, and play in Brea to get involved in and provide feedback for the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update. The update discusses Brea’s community housing needs and provides strategies and programs to respond to those needs. Project information regarding the Housing Element Update is available on ShapeBrea.net, a new community engagement tool. Since launching in January, over 150 people have registered on ShapeBrea.net, and over 100 people have responded to the Housing Element survey. This tool has been a great way to engage residents digitally, allowing for feedback 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The community’s feedback is a critical part of the process in drafting the new Housing Element. Here are ways the community can still provide input:

Watch the Housing Element: Chapter 1 video, also available in Spanish, Korean, or Chinese.

Educate to Empower

The Brea Police Department, in collaboration with the police departments from California State University of Fullerton and the cities of Placentia and Fullerton, recently launched a new social media series titled Educate to Empower. The goal of this series is to bridge the communication gap between communities and law enforcement agencies.

All four agencies will work together to share content on their respective social media platforms to pose community questions, answer them collectively, and continue to build on relationships with residents, businesses, and community partners.

The series launched on March 1 and is available on the four agencies’ respective Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

Compost Giveaway

On Saturday, May 1, from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m., Republic Services and the City of Brea will be giving away free compost to residents to say ‘thank you’ for participating in the green waste recycling program. Please plan to bring your own container (ex. trash can, storage container, etc.) to fill. This event will be held at the Brea Community Center’s parking lot, rain or shine. Compost is limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, until supplies last.

For more information, please contact Lizette Longacre, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Brea at (714) 990-7691, or lizettel@cityofbrea.net.

Steele Drive & Pleasant Hills Tract Water Improvements

The Steele Drive and Pleasant Hills Tract Water Improvements project began construction on March 8. This project will construct approximately 11,840 linear feet of water main and will also include the pavement rehabilitation of the residential streets. The project will be completed in two main phases. Phase One will include the streets to the north of the intersection of Wardman Drive and Steele Drive. Phase Two will include the streets south of the intersection of Wardman Drive and Steele Drive within the project limits, as indicated on the map above.

All Cities Engineering, Inc. was awarded the contract for this project, and the construction is anticipated to be completed by October, weather permitting. In collaboration with the City’s Communications & Marketing Division, the Engineering Division will send notices to residents and will post them on the City’s website as well. Residents and the general public will continue to be notified throughout the project to keep them updated on the progress.