SB 50

Los Angeles, California

The End of Single-Family Zoning in California

Despite a few high-profile failures, the California State Legislature has approved a steady drumbeat of pro-development reforms that loosen zoning restrictions. The state raised the stakes on its zoning reforms this week.

September 19, 2021 - Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

YIMBY

Scott Wiener Hasn't Quit the Statewide Density Cause Yet

California State Senator has released draft legislation to follow up on the previous SB 50, which in turn followed up on SB 827. The new bill, SB 902, promises a "light touch."

March 11, 2020 - KQED

Los Angeles Residential

The Complex Story Behind the Failure of California's Upzoning Bill

SB 50 was often viewed as an attack on wealthy, single-family homeowners, but housing justice advocates also had issues with the legislation.

February 19, 2020 - Curbed

Reimagining LA

Upzoning and Affordability, Explained

Upzoning is gaining popularity among planners and politicians in parts of the country as a tool for affordability. But some opponents of the idea maintain that new density will only make housing affordability worse.

January 31, 2020 - Curbed

NIMBY Sign

Updated: Statewide Upzoning Falls Short Again in California

For the third year in a row, an effort to increase density near transit in statewide in California has stalled in the legislature.

January 30, 2020 - Los Angeles Times

Related California

Seasoned Developer Opines on California’s Housing Crisis

Bill Witte, CEO and chairman of Related California, discusses how state and local governments ought to respond to the state’s challenges with housing affordability, growth in homelessness, and 'missing middle' housing supply.

November 21, 2019 - The Planning Report

Granny Flat

New Laws Amount to Single-Family Zoning Ban in California

For years, the California legislators have been passing bills to allow accessory dwelling units on single-family residential lots. These laws haven't attracted the same attention as other failed laws, but their effect is significant.

October 14, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

California Houses

California's Housing Crisis—No End in Sight

This past year looked promising in terms of opportunities to tackle the state’s housing woes. But most measures failed and the problem is just growing.

September 20, 2019 - Rolling Stone

Binoculars Building

Rethinking Supply-Side Approaches to L.A.'s Affordable Housing Crisis

Denny Zane reminds policymakers that local, community-focused decision making truly trumps the 'top-down, one-size-fits-all' legislative approach to housing.

September 18, 2019 - The Planning Report

Suburban California

A Call for Action as Construction Slows in California

An editorial by the Los Angeles Times calls for the state to remove barriers to housing shortage after a report finds declining numbers of residential permits around the state.

August 6, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

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