Get ready for a lot more housing near California transit stations if new legislation passes

Christina House/Los Angeles Times

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“We have a severe housing shortage and part of the problem is that core areas with transit access don’t allow much housing,” Sen. Scott Wiener, the bill’s author, said. “That creates sprawl, huge commutes and it’s not sustainable.”

Developers in the state need to build roughly 100,000 more homes each year than they do now to keep pace with population growth, as home prices and rents continue to rise. State environmental officials say California won’t meet its ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 1990 levels without a homebuilding boom in existing job centers and near transit.

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