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Housing Killers & Creators

We are heading into the final stretch of the two-year legislative session and the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) earlier this year released its third annual installment of their Housing Creators and Housing Killers Lists, 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.

We announce the addition of a new Housing Creator, Senate Bill 281 by Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Tim Grayson. SB 281 would extend the period for the expiration, effectuation, or utilization of a housing entitlements that had not expired as of March 4, 2020, by 24 months. A uniform statewide entitlement extension measure is necessary to avoid the significant statewide cost and allocation of local government resources associated with addressing individual permit extensions on a case-by-case basis. The measure will allow for already approved, permits, plans, maps etc., to remain approved for two years.

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Suspending these Four Regulations Is Critical for California to Meet its Housing Goals

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.

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