While several of the South Bay cities are submitting their comments individually, the SBCCOG is taking this opportunity to widen the lens and review the bigger picture of Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). The State and its cities have had conflicts over the process since its introduction in 1969. This is especially true of this 6th cycle because of the aggressive totals required and increased enforcement promised.

Development of housing that addresses income restrictions while reducing carbon emissions per capita is a complex activity which is lagging for multiple reasons. City zoning practices are being held solely responsible as scapegoats. Builders’ business practices, consumer preferences, the regional economy performance, uncertain futures including possible recession, and state policies are all part of the problem. These recommendations identify new and more comprehensive steps that state policy can take to improve outcomes by working closely with cities, instead of treating them as adversaries.

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Published: 9/16/2019