Single-Family Zoning Reform: An Analysis of SB 1120

Single-Family Zoning Reform: An Analysis of SB 1120

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated California’s housing crisis by heightening social and economic inequalities, with disparate impact on those unable to perform their jobs. The strong likelihood of a prolonged recession means that it will be even more difficult to build the housing needed to address the state’s housing shortfall. It is increasingly apparent that a broad, innovative set of strategies needs to be implemented to address this dire need for housing. In May 2020, California State Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins unveiled a series of legislative proposals to facilitate the production of more housing. This Senate Housing Production Package includes several ideas to bolster new home construction and remove barriers by streamlining the development process. This brief focuses on Senate Bill 1120, one bill in this package, which addresses land use and development on single-family residential parcels.

David Garcia, Julian Tucker, and Isaac Schmidt

Terner Center for Housing Innovation

July 2020

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