South San Francisco, CA August 31, 2021 by Livable California
We came together to fight SB 9 and SB 10, but legislators last week approved both bills. The bills will soon head to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk for approval or veto.
In the coming days we’ll urge you to ask the governor to reject SB 9 and SB 10.
But there’s one last bill to fight: SB 478 empowers developers to override city decisions in rental communities. Families who rent need your final push — against SB 478.
SB 478 overrides planning by cities who use zoning called “FAR,” or floor-to-area ratio.
It lets developers create oversized market-rate housing on lots that cities have deemed too small for local conditions, under FAR.
SB 478 gives developers power to ignore cities and build anyway.
SB 478 is about density, not people.
The governor’s own Department of Finance opposes SB 478 because it:
“May impede local governments’ ability to plan for adequate and appropriate housing consistent with local conditions.”
And it “Results in state costs not included in the 2021 Budget Act.”
We agree that state funding is needed elsewhere, NOT spent on a gift to developers.
SB 478 is a one-size-fits-all concept that won’t result in more housing. Just more expensive housing.
And coming up on Saturday:
Please join the founding members of a ballot initiative that puts zoning and land-use planning back in the control of cities, not Sacramento.