SB 9 & SB 10: No affordable housing but giveaways to developers – Letter to the Editor

In early June, our state senators will vote on SB9 and SB10, which upzone single-family zones without California Environmental Quality Act reviews. Upzoning increases land price, and makes it harder for homebuyers to compete with investors. Piecemeal densification counteracts sustainable development strategies. SB9 will mandate the ministerial approval of lot splits and duplexes, so that one house can become 4 units. But the text language creates a loophole for up to 6 units. Minimal off-street parking will create unsafe road conditions and stress neighbors. The much- touted homeowner occupancy requirement, even if enforceable, lasts for one year; and all appearance of protection from investors will vanish in 2027. A developer cannot be required to make off-site improvements. So who will pay for needed infrastructure upgrades? These bills are giveaways to developers, and even force us to subsidize more profitable market-rate housing.

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