CA cities falling behind on housing production may be forced to remove codes

California’s affordability crisis requires the state to involve itself more in housing development, which is primarily controlled by local governments.

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California cities would have to make it easier to build houses under new legislation (Los Angeles Times)

California cities that are falling behind on housing production goals set by the state would be forced to remove some of their development restrictions under legislation from a Bay Area state senator.

State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released new details in his bill, SB 35, Monday morning that would require cities to approve new housing in areas already zoned for high-density development provided developers set aside some units for low-income residents.

The bill’s provisions would only apply in cities where growth isn’t keeping pace with housing production targets developed by the state every eight years that are designed to ensure California has enough homes for its growing population to live affordably.

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