Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two major pieces of housing legislation on Friday. Senate Bill 9 would allow as many as four units on a piece of land where only one single-family home is currently allowed.
“Every single one of us on this floor has said at some point: We have to build more housing. No one thinks we don’t have to build, right?” State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) said during floor debate last month. “Right now in two-thirds of California, multi-family housing, ‘missing middle’ housing, is illegal. Let’s legalize housing in California.”
Another bill Newsom signed, Senate Bill 10, would allow as many as 10 units on a lot if it’s near public transit.
“This is not exactly the silver bullet answer to California’s housing crisis,” says CalMatters housing reporter Manuela Tobías. “But it does get development a little higher to reach those goals.”