California's new Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) has been met with both support and opposition. It allows homeowners to divide a single-family lot into two lots, add a second home to their lot, or divide their lot in two and place duplexes on each one. This could potentially create up to four housing units on a property that is currently limited to a single-family home. SB 9 also prevents speculators from evicting or displacing tenants by excluding properties where a tenant has resided in the past three years.
The recent amendments clarify that this bill would not allow more than four units on what is currently a single-family plot. It also requires that if someone decides to divide their property into two lots, each new lot must be at least 1,200 square feet in size. The development of these multi-family housing complexes can also be streamlined “in urban areas that are already largely divided into zones for residential use under this bill.”SB 9 is the more controversial of the two new laws, as it overrides local zoning control. A majority of Californians opposed the law, as did hundreds of California cities.
The left-leaning Los Angeles City Council also opposed. So did the right-wing presenter of Fox News, Tucker Carlson. The legalization of the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) added more than 20,000 new homes to the state's housing supply. This is because, under Proposition 13, housing could cost cities more services than it would generate through taxes. The new legislation also allows cities to circumvent the lengthy review requirements set out in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), in an effort to help reduce the costs and time it takes for projects to be approved. However, some opponents fear that “urban urbanization could lead to displacement”.
As mentioned above, homeowners and environmentalists have often taken advantage of the CEQA to avoid denser development in specific California communities. In all likelihood, most conversions would occur in coastal areas of California, such as Marín, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Housing is one of the main drivers of segregation and systemic racism in the United States. Speaking with the mayor of South San Francisco, Mark Addiego, and Peter Cohen, of the Council of Community Housing Organizations, Dineen explains why some opponents fear that “urban urbanization could lead to displacement”.California's new SB 9 and SB 10 laws allow multi-unit, multi-story buildings on single-family lots. This could potentially help alleviate some of the state's housing crisis by providing more affordable housing options for residents.
However, it is important to consider all sides of this issue before making any decisions about how best to address California's housing crisis. The implications of SB 9 are far-reaching and complex. It is important for homeowners and renters alike to understand how this law will affect their neighborhoods and communities. Homeowners should consider how this law will affect their property values and whether they should take advantage of this opportunity or not. Renters should consider how this law will affect their rights and whether they should take advantage of this opportunity or not. Ultimately, SB 9 is an important step towards addressing California's housing crisis.
It provides an opportunity for homeowners to increase their property values while providing more affordable housing options for renters. However, it is important to consider all sides of this issue before making any decisions about how best to address California's housing crisis.