July 12, 2020
SB 50 revived: Higher density housing could be coming to your neighborhood
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - A high-profile bill that could increase home building near mass transit and in single-family home neighborhoods across California is back – again – before lawmakers.

The contentious measure could radically increase housing growth in the state. Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), the bill’s author, revamped his proposal to allow construction of mid-rise apartment complexes near transit and four-plexes in single-family neighborhoods.

New changes to Senate Bill 50 introduced Monday would give cities and counties two years to develop plans to boost development in their communities before state mandates for greater housing density take effect. Wiener said many local government officials told him they supported more housing in their cities but wanted more control over where it would be built.

Weiner’s bill attracted nationwide attention last year, but was killed.
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