Increasing Housing Supply with Light Touch Density under California Senate Bill 9 and Senate Bill 10

by | Aug 3, 2022 | Saul's Insights | 0 comments

States and localities across the nation are facing the same challenge: how to increase housing supply, address the diminishing ability of entry-level buyers to get on the first rungs of the housing ladder, and take advantage of economic opportunities resulting from the work from home revolution.

California recently passed legislation designed to cut the Gordian knot of excessive land use regulation, constrained property rights, and the burdening of new home buyers via a myriad of taxes, charges, and regulations that drive up housing costs. Now that state Senator Toni Atkins’ duplex and lot splitting bill (California SB 9) and state Senator Scott Wiener’s Light Touch Density bill (California SB 10) are law, it is time to roll up our sleeves and use these laws not only in solving California’s housing supply crisis and raising impaired living standards, but also to discover what other states might learn about best practices in California.

The AEI Housing Center is pleased to host six convenings throughout California to share insights on using SB 9 and SB 10. Registration is free with convenings to be held in San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno, Riverside, Los Angeles, and San Diego (dates below). These are in person events and will not be live streamed. Please feel free to share the details of these events with others that would be interested in attending.

The convenings’ agenda will have two goals:

First, they will demonstrate how the Housing Center’s vast trove of free data may be used to promote sustainable housing growth in California and the rest of the country. This includes identifying the cities and neighborhoods throughout the state that have done the best (and worst) job in responding to the opportunities presented by SB 9 and SB 10 and providing a roadmap for developers, advocates, and policymakers moving forward.

Second, they will make the case to localities throughout California and the rest of the country  that targeting Light Touch Density and  Walkable Oriented Development can increase local revenues, improve living standards, lower property tax rates, keep essential workers living in local housing they can afford, and minimize pushback from residents who are resistant to change.

These convenings will bring together the best minds in the housing realm to find, share, and build strategies for today’s solutions. We’re hoping you’ll help make these convenings a success.

Our work studying SB 9 and SB 10 is generously supported by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

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