As Peggy Huang drove through the hills of Yorba Linda, she passed ranch-style homes with backyard stables.
White picket fences lined equestrian trails snaking through the Orange County city, whose motto is the “Land of Gracious Living.”
Farther uphill, newer houses were closer together but still featured the open space most suburban residents desire, with trails, parks and churches nearby.
Huang, a city councilwoman, wants Yorba Linda to stay this way.
Along with officials in many other O.C. cities, she is fighting a state mandate to build new homes — more than 183,000 countywide over the next seven years.
The requirement, called the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, dates back more than five decades, with new goals set for each city every eight years.
“I’m not a NIMBY,” Huang said, using an acronym for “not in my backyard.” “I just think it’s important for people to understand that one size fits