The developers have created nightmare bills being pushed through the legislature in Sacramento.
Ask your city council to publicly oppose the SB 827/828 Sacramento power grab.
Scott Wiener's mandatory high-density housing zoning override bill SB 827, and his unfunded housing quotas bill SB 828, are threats to local control of land use and zoning and existing city planning processes throughout the state of California. Who is better qualified to manage your city's growth: your local City Council and Planning Commission, or developer-funded politicians drawing circles on maps in Sacramento?
Email, write, and call your City Council members today and demand that they pass a public resolution opposing SB 827 and SB 828 and similar legislation that rips up existing local zoning and renders city plans and planning processes meaningless.
More info on the impact of this legislation and its opponents:
Here's the gory details:
SB 827 is not a housing bill; it's a real-estate bill. It is intended to monetize real estate. This bill is not about YIMBYs vs. NIMBYs; it's about WIMBYS: Wall Street in My Backyard. With one stroke of the pen, the State Legislature could totally transform the economics of real-estate development in California cities while totally eviscerating decades of planning.
Is that what we want to do to our cities? Does Scott Wiener want to take a wrecking ball to most of the retail villages and residential communities in Los Angeles County? It's nuts. Every responsible planner with whom I've spoken to about this bill speaks of it with great disdain. It is classic overreach, a one-size-fits-all approach to the planning of the largest city in California. That is why I say this is not a transit-oriented development bill; it's a real-estate play of the worst kind."
If you are within the area affected, SB 827 eliminates:
All zoning limitations (that means R1, R2, setbacks, height, and yards).
All parking requirements.
All residential density or floor area ratio (FAR) requirements.
All design standards.
All unit mix requirements that require more than 40% of the units in a project to have 2 bedrooms or more.
All ordinances, plans, charters or local regulation.
For those who are ready to act NOW on SB 827, here is a short practical list of things to do:
Email the Lead Secretary for the Sacramento Senate Transportation and Housing Committee at Katie.Bonin@sen.ca.gov expressing opposition to SB 827.
Call and email the staff assigned at the office of each Committee member, especially the Chair, Jim Beall, 916-651-4015, and the Vice-Chair, Anthony Cannella, 209-577-6592.
Mod: There you go. You've been warned.