Lafayette city manager quits over lack of movement on new housing

By Kimberly Veklerov : sfchronicle – excerpt The top official of the small and affluent East Bay city of Lafayette last week announced his resignation because of residents’ intransigence on building more housing, saying he could not stay in the role he has held for three decades when his views diverge so sharply from the … More Lafayette city manager quits over lack of movement on new housing

Berkeley blocks housing project again, citing historic value of parking lot site

By Adam Brinklow : curbed – excerpt Even SB 35 can’t get West Berkeley plans past city skepticism Berkeleyside reports that its titular city has prevented a proposed 260-unit development in West Berkeley from employing the development-friendly state law SB 35 to fast track city approval, citing the proximity of the city’s Shellmound as a … More Berkeley blocks housing project again, citing historic value of parking lot site

Our View: ‘Local control’ of housing is the problem, not the solution

By Patricia Chiang : bizjournals – excerpt One of the basic laws of the physical universe that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It generally applies to the political universe, too. Housing advocates like YIMBYs have raised their profile and stepped up their game in the last couple years, backing candidates … More Our View: ‘Local control’ of housing is the problem, not the solution

Is High-Density Housing Project Too Big for the Neighborhood?

By Nick Welsh : independent – excerpt It was a long hot, afternoon for developer Greg Reitz as he doubled down on Santa Barbara’s love-it-or-hate-it experiment to create new rental housing in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Reitz is proposing to raze most of the eight lots bounded by Anapamu, Garden, and Figueroa streets … More Is High-Density Housing Project Too Big for the Neighborhood?

Will State Climate Policy Usurp Local Land Use Control?

By Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP : lexology – excerpt Whether in CEQA or Efforts to Halt Climate Change, Will the State Wrest Control of Land Use Decisions Away From Locals?… As the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) concludes yet another round of public comment on proposed amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act’s … More Will State Climate Policy Usurp Local Land Use Control?