by Josh Stephens on Nov 21, 2023
Density, Housing, Vancouver
One Vancouver-based professor says no. But there's evidence that keeping densities low helps either.
by William Fulton on Nov 17, 2023
14th Amendment, Housing, Huntington Beach, RHNA
The Surf City claimed that its 14th Amendment rights were violated by the RHNA process -- and claimed it could sue because it is a charter city and not a "subdivision of the state". A federal judge disagreed.
by William Fulton on Nov 13, 2023
Berryessa BART Station, Builder's Remedy, Housing, Morgan Hill, San Jose
Eight builder's remedy projects in San Jose are downsizing because of the market. Can the city allow the projects to go forward and still meet its RHNA targets?
by Josh Stephens on Nov 7, 2023
Commercial Strips, Housing, Long Beach, San Jose, Upzoning
City offers density bonuses and concessions beyond state law to encourage new housing in strip mall. But many landowners are not interested.
by William Fulton on Oct 29, 2023
Culver City, Floor Area Ratio, Housign Accountability Act, Housing, Mansionization, SB 330
Culver City's anti-mansionization ordinance reduced floor-area ratio for large lots. That ran afoul of SB 330.
Consistency, General Plan, Housing, Housing Accountability Act, Los Angeles, Verdugo Hills, Zoning
In ruling from Los Angeles, appellate court says that "local control has not been abrogated by the HAA.”
Entitlements, HCD, Housing, Permit Streamlining Act, San Francisco
After a review, HCD has told San Francisco it must start reforming its entitlement process by Thanksgiving or else. Will the state start investigating other cities' entitlement processes as well?
by William Fulton on Oct 22, 2023
Attorney General, Coronado, HCD, Housing, Navy, RHNA
Naval housing units will be included for the first time, but more negotiation with HCD seems likely.
by William Fulton on Oct 15, 2023
Beverly Hills, Builder's Remedy, Housing, Housing Elements
Defeat turns on whether site inventory and density calculations are realistic. City plans to appeal, but further loss could help builder's remedy applications.
by William Fulton on Oct 12, 2023
CEQA, Density Bonus Law, Housing , Housing Accountability Act, Legislation
Governor agrees to SB 4, SB 423, and various CEQA and density bonus reforms without vetoing any bills. He also signed the "CEQA stall" bill.