Senate Bill 330: Complicates Development But Does Not Solve Housing Challenges


OverviewUpdated August 20, 2019Senate Bill 330 “The Housing Crisis Act of 2019” is a statewide bill intended to reduce the time it takes to approve housing developments in California. Under state law, “housing developments” include residential units, mixed-use with a large residential component, and transitional or supportive housing.The bill is complex and is bound to [...]

A Comparison Between SB-50 and Palo Alto’s New Housing Ordinance


OVERVIEW The City of Palo Alto updated its zoning code in late 2018 and early 2019 to encourage additional development of affordable multifamily housing.  The changes increase allowable density in the RM-15 residential multifamily zone (now RM-20), and the City’s commercial/mixed use zones (CN, CC, CC(2), CS and CD-C). The changes also streamline the [...]

Senate Bill 50: Impacts on Palo Alto


OVERVIEW OF SB-50 Updated April 10, 2019 California Senate Bill 50 (SB-50) is designed to incentivize higher density housing development near major transit stops, major bus routes, and in “areas of high-opportunity close to jobs” throughout California. The Bill requires local governments to grant “equitable communities incentives” waiving certain local zoning rules for housing [...]

Senate Bill 827 Analysis


OVERVIEW California Senate Bill 827 was introduced in January 2018 and was designed to incentivize housing development near major transit stops and routes throughout California. The bill, as currently written, would “upzone” properties within ½ mile of a “Major Transit Stop” or with ¼ mile of a “High Quality Transit Corridor” (defined below). These [...]