A Tale of Three Cities (and one State)
California has struggled for nearly forty years to address the housing crisis, which the State Supreme Court recently described as reaching “epic proportions.” Since the late 1970s, the legislature has enacted increasingly strict laws designed in part to limit local discretion from the housing entitlement process, yet the crisis has only exacerbated. In his article, “A Tale of Three Cities (and one State),” Berliner Cohen Partner Andrew L. Faber takes a deeper look at three housing statutes—the Housing Element Law, the Housing Accountability Act, and the Density Bonus Law—and discusses these statutes in light of three lawsuits that Berliner Cohen has recently been involved in that were filed against cities in Santa Clara County for denying housing developments. The article also provides an overview of the major bills passed by the legislature at the end of the 2017 term that further whittle away local discretion to deny housing projects. For complete article, click here.
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