Many housing advocates considered the assignment of 1.3 million new housing units to Southern California via 2019’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation process to be a serious win. It was followed up by an intra-regional allocation process that weighted units toward high-cost, high-demand coastal cities, for another win. Last month, they scored a few more wins — 50 to be exact.
While many in the state do not have the means to pick and choose exactly where they want to live, the combination of remote work and pandemic ennui has prompted untold numbers of well-off urban Californians to retreat to suburbs and to exurban “Zoomtowns.”
60% of Orange County cities challenge their targets, which are much higher than last time around
Already an epic-scale tragedy, California’s wildfires–consuming a record 4 million acres this year–are effectively shrinking the amount of land available for housing and prompting planners to make tough choices between growth and safety
Southern California and Bay Area MPOs must get more aggressive to meet RHNA goals and SB 375 goals.
OPR issues guidelines for implementing SB 1000, which requires local governments to address EJ directly in planning for the first time
Low-cost transformation of streets to public — and restaurant — spaces may help enliven city neighborhoods and revive their sales tax bases
Visual depictions of projects remain an issue — though accessibility might actually be improved for some. Brown Act has been loosened for the duration of COVID-19
Even entitled buildings won’t be built unless they have financing
As the coronavirus shuts down California, planning departments across the state are adapting and staying on-task
A typical jumble of land-use measures — but they suggest California’s future direction
To cut down on discretionary review, new housing laws require cities to approve housing projects so long as they conform to “objective” design standards. Cities are scrambling to draft standards that promote housing and promote desired aesthetic goals
While many Bay Area cities resist growth, El Cerrito is booming with transit oriented plan on San Pablo Avenue
Santa Barbara will be on full display at next week’s conference of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association. In advance of the conference, CP&DR’s Josh Stephens spoke with Santa Barbara Community Development Director George Buell.
SB 2 sets aside enough money for literally every jurisdiction in the state to apply for and receive a grant.