The California Association of Realtors has thrown its support behind Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to allow developers who include low-income housing to bypass detailed local review.
In a press release stating that the C.A.R. "applauds a 'build by right' proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown that would create a voluntary permit streamlining approval process for developers to use."
The governor's plan was contained in the May revision to the 2016-17 budget. It would exempt from detailed local government reviews developments already zoned and approved for housing when 5 to 20 percent of the newly constructed units are set aside for low-income residents.
Additionally, C.A.R. previously announced its support for a $1.3 billion proposal by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee to invest a portion of our state's budget surplus to address the state's housing crisis. C.A.R. formed an Affordable Workforce Housing Task Force to examine existing policies in California designed to expand the availability of affordable housing and to make recommendations to increase the availability of affordable work force housing in California.
Separately, the Marin Independent Journal reports public officials in Marin County have announced opposition to the plan.