Housing and Land Use

Overview

Much of the poverty in coastal California is a function of housing costs that distort expenses of wage earners. Zillow reports that renters in the Los Angeles metropolis pay 48% of their monthly income for the median rent. Almost half of working-age adults in Los Angeles County double up with one another in housing units. According to analysis by the Milken Institute, median rentals of one-bedroom apartments exceed 30% of median income in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego.

A high cost of living is driven in large part by housing shortages and long commutes, which in turn can be addressed only through an increased housing supply and more infrastructure investment.

Coastal Commission

Related Issue Page: California Environmental Quality Act

Goals

Promote policies that enhance the affordability and availability of housing.

Major Victories

Stopped several job killer bills in 2016 eroding housing affordability (AB 2162, AB 2502, SB 1318).

Supported signing of job creator bill in 2016 that will expedite additions to the housing supply by streamlining the permitting process for accessory dwelling units (aka in-law quarters, granny flats, etc.) (SB 1069).

Won enactment of 2016 proposals improving the housing climate by supporting mixed-used projects (AB 1934) and expediting housing construction (AB 2180).

Secured amendments to proposals in 2016 that would have delayed or discouraged new housing with ambiguous water requirements or conflicting requirements in the coastal zone (SB 1263, AB 2616).

Position

Oppose punitive policies that restrict the affordability and availability of housing.

Ensure that the state’s SB 375 policies for land use are being carried out so as to ensure that California can achieve its Sustainable Communities Strategies’ goals without impeding new commerce, industry and housing opportunities.

Oppose measures that would place building code in statute as opposed to directing one or more state agencies to investigate the issue and, if deemed appropriate, direct those state agencies to propose and adopt appropriate changes to the California Building Standards Code.

Housing and Land Use Bills

Action Alerts

    Committees

    Staff Contact

    Louinda V. Lacey
    Policy Advocate
    Environmental Policy,
    Housing and Land Use,
    Product Regulation