Although Senator Scott Wiener’s SB50 was just shelved until 2020 by Anthony Portantino, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, there are several more bills making their way through California legislation that could contribute to “densification” in single-family neighborhoods.
SB 50 would have overrode local zoning laws to allow taller, higher-density apartments — with a certain number rented at below market prices — into residential neighborhoods.
Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, has introduced AB 1279, which would allow contractors to build low to middle-income apartments and condo complexes in wealthy, single-family housing communities.
Another one, AB 68, introduced by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would allow secondary units on a property that would override the size or design limits imposed locally.
Finally, Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, introduced AB 1763. This bill would give developments with affordable units an extra three stories of height if they are within 1/2-mile of major transit. It would also remove the density limits for these developments.
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