2024 Legislation

California YIMBY priority legislation for the 2024 Legislative Session.

Policy Framework

For the 2024 legislative session, California YIMBY’s sponsored and high-priority legislation fits into one of three priority areas. These policy priorities guide our decisions about which bills we work on, including those we sponsor and those we categorize as high-priority. Our list of sponsored and high-priority bills is below, and evolves over the course of the session. 

Our 2024 policy priorities framework includes focus on legislation that will promote:

  • Bending the cost curve: Despite previous zoning reforms, the exorbitant cost of construction in California remains a formidable barrier to housing production. One significant factor driving these costs is the imposition of high, often opaque impact fees, which ultimately burden both renters and home buyers alike. Our 2024 agenda includes legislation aimed at providing fee relief during a project’s construction phase and enhancing transparency around local impact fees.
  • Refining and expanding housing production laws: Many of our bedrock housing laws are beginning to make a difference, but with time we have listened to our implementation partners and recognize that these policies can be streamlined and strengthened to ensure they deliver on the promise of more homes for Californians – at all income levels. Our legislative activities in this area will focus on updating critical, pro-housing laws. We’re also looking to broaden our legislative efforts to address challenges in the historic district designation process, which at times can obstruct the development of affordable and inclusive housing.
  • New pathways to homeownership: Homeownership is a critical component to helping families achieve financial security and create generational wealth, yet it remains out of reach for too many Californians, especially communities of color. Our legislative activities in this area will focus on creating new pathways and easing existing barriers to homeownership for the vast majority of working Californians, many of whom earn a good salary, but who are shut out of homeownership by the housing shortage and resulting high home prices. 
  • Keep momentum on ADUs: The YIMBY movement’s advocacy for ADU legalization has led to a construction surge, making ADUs a significant portion of the newly developed housing in numerous cities. The triumph of ADU legalization stands as a prime example for future urban planning and housing reforms in California and offers a blueprint for other states grappling with housing shortages. California should keep the momentum on ADU reform by making it easier to build ADUs in multifamily properties and in the Coastal Zone.
Sponsored Legislation

SB 937

Home builders in California face a barrage of financial challenges, from exorbitant local impact fees to high interest rates and rising labor and materials costs. Local impact fees alone can reach $150,000 per home or higher. In many cases, the…

2024
Status: Passed Senate
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Sponsored Legislation

SB 1211

Recent state reforms that make it faster, cheaper, and easier for homeowners to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also known as “granny flats,” have led to a boom in their construction, with over 80,000 ADUs built in the last seven…

2024
Status: Passed Senate
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Sponsored Legislation

AB 1820

The fees that local jurisdictions in California charge when they permit new housing developments are variable, unpredictable, and often punitively high; not only do fees vary from city to city, but even from project to project. These development fees, also…

2024
Status: Passed Assembly
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Sponsored Legislation

SB 312

In 2022, the California State Legislature passed SB 886 (Wiener) to help resolve the extreme shortage of housing available on California university campuses and in their surrounding communities. SB 886 allows streamlined approval for student housing that meets the highest…

2024
Status: Passed Committee
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Sponsored Legislation

AB 2580

Historic preservation plays a vital role in protecting California’s architectural heritage and conserving places of historical significance. Historic districts, and buildings designated as “historically significant,” receive special protections that subject new developments, building renovations, and design changes to a more…

2024
Status: Passed Assembly
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Sponsored Legislation

AB 3057

AB 3057 is a technical fix to existing law that will grant local Junior ADU ordinances the same exemption to environmental review that is already granted to standard ADU ordinances. Thanks to state efforts to increase housing production and address…

2024
Status: Passed Assembly
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Sponsored Legislation

SB 1123

SB 1123 (Caballero) updates SB 684 (2023) to make it legal to build up to 10 homes on vacant lots in single-family zones near jobs, schools, transit, and other amenities, by streamlining the approval process for these projects.  Passed in…

2024
Status: Passed Senate
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Supporting Legislation

SB 1210

When a new housing project is being completed, the developer must pay fees to cover the cost of connecting to local utilities, like water, sewer, gas, and electric. These utility fees are a normal part of the homebuilding process. But…

2024
Status: Passed Senate
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