Local real estate expert dissects new state laws


SAN DIEGO – Two housing laws passed by Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday could help ease California’s affordable housing crisis, but some say it will change the character of local neighborhoods.

One of the measures would increase the number of dwellings on single-family lots.

“It could be a game-changer, but I think it will take a little longer,” said local real estate expert Ken Kaplan.

Senate Bill 9, introduced by Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), would allow up to four housing units on single-family land. This would also allow the single family lots to be divided, so that they can be sold separately.

“It could absolutely increase the number of units for sale at least in San Diego and it could make it more affordable down the road,” Kaplan said.

The White House voted in favor of the Atkins bill on September 1, saying efforts to change zoning regulations to allow more housing “are in line with the administration’s position on the need for zoning reform “.

Senate Bill 10, introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), will allow local governments to approve multi-family buildings with up to 10 units at market price, as well as potentially four “granny apartments.” , on lots zoned only for single-family homes.

However, opponents fear that the movements will change the character of neighborhoods and increase gentrification.

“There’s that kind of ‘Hey, it’s okay, but not in the business I bought’ mentality, that you have to take everyone’s perspective into account,” Kaplan said. “If someone bought a single family home and expected that kind of privacy and density in that area, because they wanted to be away from people. They didn’t want huge houses in the area that were bigger than that.

Kaplan added that many questions remain, including how the authorization process will work, what the size of the units allowed on a single lot will be, and whether any units will appear soon.

“I think the question is how long will it take to go through this process before these units, hypothetically, are on the market,” he said.

Meanwhile, the median price of a single family home in California is over $ 800,000.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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