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Two state bills address housing production

Solutions to the state’s housing crisis have been few and far between in Sacramento, and those that appear usually expire due to backroom opposition. But AB 2011 and SB 6 have emerged as the rare exceptions.

AB 2011 streamlines approval for multifamily housing on commercially zoned land, if the developers pay prevailing wages to construction workers and hit certain housing affordability targets. SB 6 focuses on allowing residential development on land zoned for retail and offices and does away with the need to rezone. 

Both bills have been passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Newsom. Advocates say they could give a boost to production of hundreds of thousands of new homes in the state.

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