California is about to end single-family-only zoning

California is about to end single-family-only zoning

Last September, a sign was put up for new homes for sale at Hamilton Cottages in Novato, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California lawmakers on Monday gave final approval to a bill that would allow more homes in neighborhoods now designated only for single-family homes.

This change to one of the fundamental zoning laws in the state was three years in the making and progressed after multiple high-profile failures in previous years.

Under Senate Act 9 from Senate Speaker Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), cities across California duplexes, and in some cases four units, in most single-family neighborhood. The bill now awaits a signature from Governor Gavin Newsom and is expected to go into effect next year.

In this episode of “Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast“We delve into the history of single-family zoning and why proponents of allowing more development believe it will help alleviate the state’s housing problems. Our guest is Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de León, who is concerned on the impact of the bill in the low-income Latino neighborhoods he represents on the east side of the city.

give me shelter”, a fortnightly podcast looking at why it’s so expensive to live in California and what the state can do about it, featuring Liam Dillon, who covers housing affordability for the Los Angeles Times, and Manuela Tobias, housing reporter for CalMatters.

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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