Senate Bill 9, a bill that will make it easier to build additional units on single-family properties is moving forward, after a 45-16 vote Thursday.
Under the bill, it allows homeowners to divide up their property to add housing. This could be a duplex, fourplex or attached living units. Its estimated the bill could add 700,000 more homes to California.
Earlier this week, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation, Senate Bill 10, passed the Assembly. SB 10 creates a voluntary, streamlined process for cities to zone for missing middle multi-unit housing. The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 41-9, and will now be returned to the Senate for final approval before heading to Governor Newsom’s desk.
SB 10 allows cities to upzone non-sprawl areas (areas that are close to transit or in existing urbanized locations, thus reducing vehicle usage and long commutes) up to ten unit buildings, if they choose to. This streamlining tool will be a powerful one for cities to increase density
Here is the press release from Senator Toni Atkins:
SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has released the following statement regarding the Assembly’s 45-19 bipartisan vote to pass Senate Bill 9, the California Housing Opportunity and More Efficiency (HOME) Act:
“This bill is about opening the door for more families to pursue their version of the California Dream—whether that means building a home for an elderly parent to live in, creating a new source of income, buying that first house, or being welcomed into a new neighborhood. It’s about giving parents the chance to pass on wealth to their children and giving neighbors the chance to make our communities more inclusive. In short, this bill is about opportunity, and I’m grateful the Assembly has given it the opportunity to move forward today.
“SB 9 is the product of multiple years of collaboration and hard work. Today’s success was possible in large part due to the partnership and leadership of Speaker Anthony Rendon. I’d also like to thank Assemblymember Robert Rivas, who has been a champion of this bill and helped usher it through the other chamber. Finally, I want to express my deep appreciation for my coauthors, Senators Anna Caballero, Dave Cortese, Lena Gonzalez, Mike McGuire, Susan Rubio, and Scott Wiener, and Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, as well as the members of the Senate Housing Lead Group, which includes Senators María Elena Durazo, Richard Roth, and Nancy Skinner, in addition to my coauthors. Each of these legislators are fervently dedicated to solving California’s housing crisis.”
Toni G. Atkins is President pro Tempore of the California Senate. Having previously served as Speaker of the California Assembly, she began her tenure in the Senate in 2016. As Senator for District 39, she represents the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Website of President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins: www.senate.ca.gov/Atkins
The bill was voted on Thursday and passed in a 45-19 vote. There was also 15 Assemblymembers who failed to even cast a vote.
Here is a look at Senate Bill 9
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY Appropriation: NO Fiscal Committee: YES Local Program: YES