legislation

2023 Housing Legislation Round-Up

Like last year, 2023 was a stellar year for housing legislation in California. Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law more than forty-five bills related to housing and housing […]

production

California Passes New Law to Spur Housing

Last week the California Legislature passed SB-423, new law introduced by Senator Scott Weiner to spur statewide housing production. SB-423 extends and expands SB-35 (Weiner, 2017), which allows streamlined, ministerial […]

affordable unit

State Law Would Limit HOA Assessments for Affordable Units

Assembly Bill 572, introduced by Assembly Member Matt Haney of San Francisco, would place a cap on assessment increases a condominium homeowners association (HOA) could impose on a deed-restricted affordable […]

Development

Legislation Aimed at Impact Fee Reform Nears Final Approval

Last month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed on first reading Impact Fee Reform legislation aimed to make development more predictable, easier, and financially feasible. The legislation complements the […]

Zoning

Legislation to Overhaul Residential Building & Zoning Standards

On June 29th, the San Francisco Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of Mayor Breed’s proposed legislation titled “Housing Production” (BOS File No. 23-0446).  The legislation amends the Planning Code […]

bills

2023 California Legislation – Summer Recess Update

The California legislature reconvened yesterday, after taking a summer recess. As previously reported, this year’s legislative session is packed full of pending bills with far reaching changes to land use […]

summer

Summer SF Legislation Roundup

Below is a round-up of some items introduced before the Board of Supervisor’s summer recess, which will run from July 31st to September 4th. Update to Ordinance That Would Expand […]

Builder's Remedy

LA Court Weighs In on the Builder’s Remedy

Until now, the notorious “builder’s remedy” had not been tested in court, leaving developers with serious questions about how it works and whether it’s worth potential legal challenges from unamenable […]

permit

Update on Site Permit Reform

On May 11, 2023, the San Francisco Planning Department gave a presentation on Permit Streamlining at a joint Building Inspection Commission and Planning Commission hearing.  The focus of the presentation […]

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