The Suburbs' Fair Share: How California's Housing Element Law (and Facebook) Could Set a Housing Production Floor
Real Estate Law Journal, Forthcoming
52 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2015 Last revised: 2 May 2015
Date Written: April 8, 2015
California’s fair share housing law has been pummeled with criticism, right along with the state’s astronomical rents. This Note provides the first bottom-up analysis of how the program actually operates on the ground, using case studies from Menlo Park and Palo Alto to test how the law could help solve California’s affordable housing shortage. It finds some slim opportunities for optimism in the program’s future, especially if litigation under the law increases. It also provides five key suggested changes to make the housing element law a stronger part of the state’s affordable housing toolbox — and a model for other high-rent states.
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