CAA to Assembly select committee: NIMBYs drive up costs of housing

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The California Apartment Association provided testimony this week about the role of NIMBYism in the high cost of housing for the middle class.

Debra Carlton, senior vice president of public affairs at CAA, told an Assembly Select Committee on Monday about how NIMBY groups — short for Not in My Backyard — leverage environmental-impact reviews and the California Environmental Quality Act to delay projects.

“The costs — when you’re stuck in the EIR process or the CEQA process — can add over a million dollars just in delays alone,” Carlton said. “And I think that we know that the locals can kill it at that process because of those delays.”

Carlton’s testimony came Monday…

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