Housing and Land Use

Goal & Issue Summary

Goal

Promote policies that enhance the affordability and availability of housing.

Issue Summary

California Housing Crisis

Position: California’s housing crisis is driving businesses out of state and discouraging new investment and expansion. The cost of housing also is a key reason California’s poverty rate is among the nation’s highest. Working families become poor families when faced with the cost of shelter. The lack of affordable housing also forces many working Californians into extra-long commutes, adding more air pollution, more traffic congestion, and reduced worker productivity.

Comprehensive reform of environmental and zoning laws, restoring redevelopment programs that provide for economic development and low-income housing, and reducing excessive development fees and ill-conceived construction mandates are necessary to remove obstacles that hamper housing construction and raise new home prices. A comprehensive reevaluation and reform of CEQA is one critical step to spurring housing development in California. Maintaining CEQA’s legacy of protecting human health and the environment is not incongruent with more streamlined housing development. California Housing Crisis

Major Victories

Helped prevent further damage to California Housing Market in 2018 by encouraging voters to reject an initiative that would have made California’s housing crisis worse, discouraged new construction and reduced housing supply and quality (Proposition 10).

Supported Governor’s veto of a bill in 2017 that would have eliminated Californians’ local initiative power to pursue changes in land use (AB 890).

Stopped bills in 2017 creating significant uncertainty for developers (SB 224) and reducing the supply of rental housing (AB 1506); secured amendments to a proposal imposing prevailing wage on all development projects (AB 199).

Stopped several job killer bills in 2016 eroding housing affordability (AB 2162, AB 2502, SB 1318).

Supported signing of job creator bill in 2016 that will expedite additions to the housing supply by streamlining the permitting process for accessory dwelling units (aka in-law quarters, granny flats, etc.) (SB 1069).

Won enactment of 2016 proposals improving the housing climate by supporting mixed-used projects (AB 1934) and expediting housing construction (AB 2180).

Secured amendments to proposals in 2016 that would have delayed or discouraged new housing with ambiguous water requirements or conflicting requirements in the coastal zone (SB 1263, AB 2616).

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Staff Contact

Adam RegeleAdam Regele
Policy Advocate
Environmental Policy,
Housing and Land Use,
Product Regulation