One strategy to lower the cost of housing is to facilitate the construction of “missing-middle” housing that legalizes more homes in existing neighborhoods without significant upzoning, or requirements for increased building heights.
AB 725 makes it easier for cities to allow medium-density housing by helping local governments, especially those in high-cost coastal areas, plan for more inclusive, multigenerational neighborhoods that accommodate various income levels. Specifically, under AB 725, local governments are required to plan for:
- At least 25% of moderate income housing to be located in areas zoned for at least four units of housing per parcel, but not more than 100 units per acre.
- At least 25% of above-moderate income homes to be located in areas zoned for at least four units of housing per parcel.
9/28/2021: AB 602 was signed by Governor Newsom and chaptered by the Secretary of State. This bill will go into effect on January 1, 2022. Read our statement here.
Author: Buffy Wicks (D, AD 15)
AB 725 was signed by the governor on 9/28/2020
Assembly Floor (8/30/20) 46 Yes / 22 No
Senate Floor (8/29/20): 23 Yes / 14 No
Assemblywoman Wicks Housing Bill Moves Forward, Bauer-Kahan and Frazier Vote Against – East County Today
Move to upzone single-family housing to fourplexes part of advancing legislative package – San Francisco Business Times
SB 50 didn’t pass. But California is still considering these housing bills. – Curbed Los Angeles
California legislators propose bill package to address state housing crisis – The Daily Californian
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