Saturday, March 21, 2015

State of CA report on coastal cities housing shortage

San Francisco Business Times/Cory Weinberg, Reporter, 5/19/15.  "State blames NIMBYs for soaring housing costs."

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Won't build commercial, change zoning,
fix city revenue, build housing
.... Reports about how pricey it is to live in the Bay Area come almost weekly, but this one may have some particular resonance. With insufficient public affordable housing subsidies and tax credits, the report’s authors recommend that the state legislature create programs that help more residents afford market-rate housing and spur more private housing construction.  

.... The likelihood that California’s coastal cities will ever product enough housing units seems long. Those cities alone would need to double the number of units produced annually “to seriously mitigate its problems with housing affordability,” the report reads.  Read more.

....   The report also points to residents of coastal cities getting carried away with that right to maintain balance. The opposition comes in the form of zoning restrictions, Board of Supervisors rejections, California Environmental Quality Act lawsuits and ballot measures.

ReferenceState of CA, Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) Report/Mac Taylor, Legislative Analyst, 3/17/15, pdf pages 44. "California's High Housing Costs, Causes and Consequences."   Building less housing than people demand drives high housing costs. California is a desirable place to live. Yet not enough housing exists in the state's major coastal communities to accommodate all the households that want to live there. In these areas, community resistance to housing, environmental policies, lack of fiscal incentives for local governments to approve housing, and limited land constrains new housing construction." (From the Executive Summary page 3, paragraph 2).

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Note photograph by Richtige Wahl from Trip Advisor, 5/08. Choice of photograph, and caption with "attitude" from the poster.

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