Temecula Extends Urgency Ordinance On State Law Meant To Spur Housing

TEMECULA, CA — For another year, Temecula will continue to grapple with a new state law that lets property owners build more than one home on lots zoned single-family residential.

During the Jan. 24 Temecula City Council meeting, councilmembers voted 5-0 to extend an urgency ordinance on the implementation of Senate Bill 9, which took effect statewide on January 1. Dubbed the California Home Act, the law allows owners of single-family homes to split their land and construct up to four residences on a lot zoned for a single house.

For example, a property can be split in such a way that an existing home and an accessory dwelling unit are on one half and a duplex can be built on the other half.

The city already has an urgency ordinance in place, but the Jan. 24 vote provides an extension through February 2024. Per state law, no further extensions

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Fair housing the key to a thriving community | Sponsored Content

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Jeremy Hayes, Eli Sanchez, and Peggy Bigio, L-R at Tenfold in Lancaster on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. Jeremy is the Director of Housing Rights and Resource Center. Eli is a Fair Housing Advocate, and Peggy is a Fair Housing Intake Specialist.

There are times when housing discrimination seems pretty obvious:

A prospective landlord tells you over the phone that they have an available apartment. But when you show up in person and your appearance doesn’t match how your voice sounded over the phone, that apartment suddenly isn’t available anymore.

And there are times when housing discrimination is far more subtle:

You unknowingly pay a higher security deposit than a tenant with a similar credit history simply because you have children.

Or the landlord avoids doing maintenance in your apartment because he doesn’t like the smell of the food you cook.

No matter the form it takes, housing discrimination

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Live Local Act addresses Florida’s affordable housing crisis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Branded as a “comprehensive statewide workforce housing strategy,” the Live Local Act proposes multiple strategies to address Florida’s longstanding struggle to provide enough attainable housing for its growing population. Many Floridians are unable to afford to live in the area they work.

What You Need To Know

  • The Republican-proposal seeks to incentivise affordable housing developement.
  • It provides a slew of tax-exemptions and developement-friendly regulation.
  • The bill will ban rent control measures.
  • Some Democratic lawmakers consider the bill a “corporate giveaway.”

Senator Alexis Calatayud (R-Miami) filed Senate Bill 102 on Thursday following a roundtable discussion by Senate President Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) for members of the news media in Tallahassee.

“The government is helping out here,” Passidomo told reporters Thursday at a roundtable briefing. “We’re providing incentives to businesses who are providing affordable housing. There’s a quid pro quo there. You’re gonna keep the rents low for 30 years

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Next week, cities and towns have to start filing housing plans with the state. What’s coming?

Beyond the actual plans, the deadline will also serve as a litmus test for how communities — their leaders and residents — are feeling about playing their part in the state’s most ambitious housing effort in decades.

If towns play along, the law would enable hundreds of thousands of units of housing, but some communities have signaled skepticism and publicly considered the consequences of noncompliance. The Globe reported last month that DHCD is cutting the budgets of housing authorities in noncompliant towns, which some advocates say, while harsh, may help prod them into following along.

Next week’s deadline may shine some light on which communities are still balking — even though all that’s required at this point is to fill out a relatively simple six-page form.

Detail a strategy

While the paperwork is simple, the zoning changes the law mandates can be big, big enough to spark complex conversations that

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Failing at fair housing | Guest Perspectives

Justin Alley

Justin Alley

In recent months, newspaper and television reports have repeatedly carried messages of guilty admission from the California Association of Realtors. In an effort to come clean about a dark and nefarious history, CAR has been apologizing for the Realtors’ role in promoting policies of discrimination and racial exclusion.

The full extent to which Realtors were the primary bad actors in this history is little known. To elevate awareness of this, Gene Slater, an urban planner who has served as senior advisor for federal, state and local agencies for more than 40 years, released a book in 2021 entitled “Freedom to Discriminate.” This impressive work of research meticulously documents the history of the real estate industry’s involvement in racial exclusion, laying bare the fact that Realtors were not only promoters of exclusionary policies but, in many instances, were the very architects of them.

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To tackle the housing crisis, Vermont lawmakers consider ending single-family zoning

Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale, D-Chittenden Southeast, center, and Sen. Ginny Lyons, D-Chittenden Southeast, right, listen to Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Baruth, D-Chittenden Central, at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

In hopes of alleviating Vermont’s housing crisis, a tri-partisan group of state lawmakers has endorsed a slate of zoning reforms that would remove barriers to denser development, particularly in town centers and areas served by municipal water and sewer systems.

The reform contemplated in legislation crafted by Rep. Seth Bongartz, D-Manchester, would effectively ban single-family zoning, a move that would make it legal to build at least a duplex anywhere a single-family home is allowed. In areas served by water and sewer, municipalities would have to also allow three- and four-unit homes. 

“If you just think about it, from an environmental perspective — or from any perspective — it makes total sense. One

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