California’s New Housing Laws Truth and Consequences
For CO$T Supporters and Friends
* Dick Spotswood, Moderator – Marin IJ’s Militant Centrist Political Columnist *
CA State Laws Now Target “The Housing Problem” at the Local Level – What Happens from Here?
Legislation to change housing policy statewide is an ongoing thrust and highly contentious. Can recent and future Sacramento legislation deliver a lot more housing and improve affordability? What are the consequences — good and bad — of limiting cities’ control over planning, growth and zoning? Hear from prominent leaders with diverse viewpoints, all of whom aim for a better California.
The Latest Big Development?
What is Senate Bill 9?
It is the most controversial of the recently enacted laws. Some praise SB-9 as breaking a housing supply logjam. Some predict it will do little. Still are concerned it ends single family housing and local control of planning. A repeal initiative is already underway. It allows property owners to split a single-family lot into two lots, add a second home to their lot or split their lot into two and place duplexes on each. The last option would create four housing units on a property currently limited to a single-family house. The new law will mark a shift from current policies that allow only two large units — a stand-alone house and an accessory dwelling unit — on single-family lots, as well as an attached junior unit no larger than 500 square feet. Under the new law, local control will be attenuated, as cities and counties across California will be required to approve development proposals that meet specified size and design standards. Proponents say that outlawing single family zoning is a linchpin to housing more Californians affordably and equitably. Detractors say local control over planning is essential to ensure adequate infrastructure, public services, evacuation, and livable neighborhoods.
Where Our Panelists Stand on SB-9:
State Senator Mike McGuire – Co-Sponsored SB 9 and voted Aye
Assemblyman Marc Levine — Voted NO on SB-9
Pat Eklund – Favors local government control over planning & growth
Susan Kirsch – Concerned about impact on single family home ownership and neighborhoods.
Don’t miss the chance to hear this dynamic panel and ask questions.
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