Senate Bill 9, 10
Is it possible to preserve neighborhoods while enabling more housing?
Will SB9 Make an Impact on California's Housing Crises?
How will SB10 Help California Build More Homes
California is in the middle of a housing crisis that is not forecasted to end any time soon. The question lies in how to fix the problem. Like many things in politics, everyone has a reason why things won't work but no solid solution has been proposed. SB9 was intended to be that solution but the local ordinances are fighting the bill as they point out its potential negative impact and possible failure. The reality is that more houses built in any neighborhood will impact the availability of resources while also impacting home values, crime, and the environment. The question becomes how bad is California's housing crisis, and do we even want to fix it? SB9 is a great opportunity to do mitigate the housing shortage in the near term that will lead to more homes being built and it is hard to argue this. Thousands of SB9 applications are being submitted daily by eager homeowners willing to add to the supply of housing in California. So what is getting in the way?
Louis Hansen wrote a great article in the SJ Mercury that demonstrates some of these challenges.
Some communities aiming to stop law intended to add units
"In general, it's pretty frustrating," said Szewczyk, a 40-year veteran of Bay Area development skirmishes. He expects projects will be much faster and cheaper under SB 9 — "except for the unseen potholes in the cities."
A similar project under SB9
— with the same environmental regulations but limited discretionary decisions by local planners and no public hearings — could be done in six months for just $60,000, he estimated.
The interest from homeowners has encouraged him, but the response from some cities has been discouraging. "Cupertino," he said, "is a lost cause."
But he also sees some hopeful signs, including recent decisions by Los Gatos planners to loosen SB 9 restrictions. Still, "it's slow going," he said.
A spokesperson for Attorney General Rob Bonta, who established a task force in November for enforcing housing laws, declined to comment on whether the department has received any complaints about SB 9.
Los Gatos town manager Laurel Prevetti said the state has not contacted the town about its SB 9 regulations. The Town Council on Tuesday extended its emergency ordinance, putting limits on minimum lot sizes and building heights.