Housing Killers & Creators
It's no secret that housing bills fizzled in California's frantic final days of legislative session. While lawmakers agreed on eviction and mortgage protections and workers' compensation, proposals that sought to increase housing supply fell disappointingly short.
The California Building Industry Association (CBIA) has released our fourth annual installment of their Housing Creators and Housing Killers Lists that highlight bills that will make it exceedingly more difficult/costly to build housing in California and bills that will expedite/facilitate the creation of housing. It is our goal to highlight legislative efforts that should be jettisoned, improved, or championed.
Although the ramifications of COVID-19 are well known, one unrelenting fact is that the California State Regulatory Bureaucracy has not conceded one iota. Because of this fact, we expanded our annual Housing Creators and Housing Killers list to include regulations.
What the COVID-19 crisis has shown is that the greatest threat to housing production continues to be the extreme and burdensome regulatory environment in California.
The good news is that many of the negative legislative measures have been pushed to the side by the crushing weight of the pandemic. However, perilous regulatory issues like Vehicles Miles Traveled (VMT), Waters of the State (WOTS) and Species challenges like Mountain Lions, Joshua Tree and Bumblebee population management have moved forward.
California’s decades-long neglect of housing construction is now exacerbated by the current unprecedented health crisis.
Research shows affordable housing reduces stress, toxins, and infectious disease, which leads to improvement in both physical and mental health. During these challenging times, homebuilders continue to serve their customers while ensuring the health and safety of both customers and employees. We want to build, and Californians need us to build, as housing production of all kinds is essential to the health of Californians and to the state’s economic recovery.
Let us do what we can to produce the homes California needs.
To determine placement on one of these lists, members of CBIA will evaluate bills based on the following criteria:
Based on feedback from our builders around the state, in January 2020 we compiled a series of legislative proposals aimed at relieving the state’s ever-growing housing affordability crisis. Read more here.