State Sen. Scott Wiener (D–San Francisco) is bringing his total package of housing legislation to four for the current legislative year. Both of the new bills — SB 477 and SB 478 — reflect his longtime commitment to getting California cities to boost housing production. SB 477 provides for greater collection of data on the local implementation of the state’s housing laws. SB 478 cracks down on communities that use “restrictive square footage and lot size mandates to prevent small multiunit buildings (2–10 units) on land zoned for multiunit,” according to Wiener.
These follow the previously announced SB 10, to give cities ways to quickly change zoning to allow 10-unit buildings in certain locations, and SB 234, which provides funding for new housing for at-risk youth.