SB 477 will require local governments to keep track of the data needed to evaluate the impact of state laws on local housing availability and affordability.
Reports filed by local planning agencies with the Department of Housing and Community Development do not include information about which state laws, if any, are used to enable more homebuilding. This lack of information makes it difficult to track the efficacy of state laws designed to address housing shortages, affordability, and related equity issues.
SB 477 resolves this data gap by requiring more information on California’s Annual Progress Report regarding Accessory Dwelling Unit law, Density Bonus Law, and laws that streamline the process for housing approvals.
SB 477 is a part of the Senate’s Building Opportunities for All housing package. Learn more about this package of legislation here.
Authors: Scott Wiener (D, SD 11)
Sponsor: California YIMBY, SPUR