Gov. Newsom last week signed into law a pair of CAA-supported bills that will allow the addition of homes to existing parcels without years of delays and red tape.

Sen. President Pro Tem Toni Atkins

SB 9 by Sen. President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, will create a path for homeowners to build a duplex on a lot zoned for single-family homes. With few exceptions, local governments will be required to approve qualified applications for the construction. The legislation builds off the well-documented success of accessory-dwelling units, or granny flats, in creating more housing on existing parcels.

SB 10 by Sen. Scott Wiener, D- San Francisco, will authorize local governments to pass rezoning laws that allow up to 10 units on any parcel in areas near public transportation and job hubs or urban infill areas. The legislation also will exempt these projects from the California Environmental Quality Act.

Sen. Scott Wiener

“The housing affordability crisis is undermining the California Dream for families across the state, and threatens our long-term growth and prosperity,” Gov. Newsom said in this news release. “Making a meaningful impact on this crisis will take bold investments, strong collaboration across sectors and political courage from our leaders and communities to do the right thing and build housing for all. I thank Pro Tem Atkins and all the Legislature’s leaders on housing for their vision and partnership to keep California moving forward on this fundamental issue.”