Local City And County Procedures Hamper Housing Development

Source: mercurynews.com | Re-Post MNM Partners, LLC 10/4/2018 – 

California cities and counties need to give up some control of the housing approval process if the state is going to solve its housing shortage, state Sen. Scott Wiener said Thursday, Sept. 6, at a Realtor housing conference in Los Angeles.

The McKinsey Global Institute estimates California has a shortfall of at least 2 million homes, leading to less affordable housing and increased homelessness, the San Francisco Democrat said at a California Association of Realtors housing summit in Century City.

“We have to make sure that we’re building (homes) at all income levels,” said Wiener, author of two housing bills aimed at streamlining the local approval process. But, he said, “cities guard that prerogative.”

Local control, Wiener said, is good when it delivers good results. But when it’s not, it needs to be changed.

“There are limits to local control,” Wiener said. “Local control is not biblical.”

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