Thursday, July 7, 2022

Newsom signs bills to limit single-family zoning in California

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday approved two measures that seek to make it easier to build more housing in the nation’s most populous state.

The first, Senate Bill 9, allows the construction of more than one housing unit on land previously designated for a single unit without the approval of local officials. Second, Senate Bill 10, would ease environmental regulations on multi-family housing and allow the construction of denser developments near public transit corridors.

Newsom signed the most prominent legislation, despite protests from about 250 cities, that it would, by design, undermine local planning and control.

The result marks the latest battle to be thought of as NIMBY vs. YIMBY. While most agree that there is a dearth of affordable housing, proposed construction often runs into “not in my backyard” protest.

The state legislature has for years attempted to pass state exemption rules that force local governments to allow multi-family housing to be built in more residential neighborhoods. However, those efforts have faced intense opposition from homeowners and suburban cities, The New York Times reported.

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Newsom also announced that California would invest $1.75 billion in a plan called the California Housing Accelerator, saying it would accelerate the construction of 6,500 affordable multi-family units due to constraints on the supply of tax-exempt bonds. Withheld and low-income housing tax credits.

It’s part of the $22 billion the state plans to spend with new laws to promote new housing and reduce homelessness.

The plan marks the most significant investment in housing in the state’s history, with proposals for $10.3 billion for housing and more than $12 billion for non-homes, the governor said in a news release.

Newsom has made the fight against homelessness a focal point of his administration, saying he was prompted for even greater urgency by a recall election that threatened to evict him in the mid-term. He survived when nearly two-thirds of voters decided to keep him in office this week.

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“The housing affordability crisis is undermining the California Dream for families across the state, and threatening our long-term growth and prosperity,” Newsom said in a news release. “Making a meaningful impact on this crisis will require bold investment, strong cooperation across all sectors, and political courage from our leaders and communities to do the right thing and build housing for all.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Isabel van Bruggen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter at The Epoch Times. He holds a Masters in Newspaper Journalism from City, University of London.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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