Regional Housing Needs Assessment

San Diego skyline and apartment buildings

San Diego Not Meeting State Housing Goals

Based on the number of permits issued for new construction in the last year, the city must triple its production to meet the targets set by the state in the latest round of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment.

July 20, 2022 - Voice of San Diego

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To Meet Housing Goals, California Cities Turn to Mall Redevelopment

As brick-and-mortar stores decline due to the rise of e-commerce, cities look to mall sites as ideal locations for new housing.

July 18, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Analysis: California’s Bumpy Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Implementation

California took the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule and ran with it. Fully realizing the goals of the AFFH in California will require more work, according to a recent analysis.

June 8, 2022 - Policies for Action

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Critics Call Out City Housing Plans for Unrealistic Projections

Meanwhile, cities say the state’s housing needs assessment sets impossible goals for affordable housing production.

May 11, 2022 - The Orange County Register

California

California Cities Could Face a Zoning Reckoning

As the state toughens rules related to its housing allocation process, cities statewide may finally be forced to overhaul their zoning codes to ensure an adequate supply of housing at all affordability levels.

April 14, 2022 - Diana Ionescu

Connecticut Capitol Building

Proposed 'Fair Share' Would Assess and Allocate Affordable Housing in Connecticut

The state of Connecticut is looking to take a more aggressive role in allocating affordable housing development requirements around the state.

March 21, 2022 - Hartford Courant

Central Los Angeles

L.A.'s Housing Element, Considered Among California's Most Ambitious, Rejected by State Regulators

The California Housing Department gave credit to Los Angeles for targeting so much growth before telling the city it needed to do more.

February 25, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

An overhead image of a large wooden building as it's being constructed.

Ballot Initiative Could Overturn California's Zoning Reforms

The "mother of all NIMBY initiatives" is seeking signatures to qualify for the statewide ballot in California.

February 15, 2022 - James Brasuell

The fairway of a golf course is visible amidst the rolling hills of Griffith Park above Los Angeles.

Proposed Bill Would Ease Conversion of Public Golf Courses to Housing in California

The California State Legislature will again consider a bill that would remove protections for municipal golf courses in the state, making it easier to rezone public golf properties for housing.

January 12, 2022 - California Globe

Central Los Angeles

Lawsuit Uses Environmental Law to Challenge the Housing Element of L.A.'s General Plan

The city of Los Angeles in November wrapped up an update to a new Housing Element, as required by state law. A lawsuit will use a different state law to challenge the validity of the city's housing goals.

January 3, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

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