California's Senate will have a hearing on two bills on Monday, March 15th - SB9 and SB10. Both bills are geared to push housing onto cities in California, preempting local control. For example, if SB9 is approved, it would allow 2 units within each single-family lot in your city. And with ADUs, JDUs, you could effectively have 6 families living on a lot of today. Do the math on the population spike. With no plan to address the traffic challenges, this will mean a painful gridlock every rush hour.How would you feel about being stuck in traffic at an intersection near your home for 20 minutes? And then every intersection after that? Why this push for housing when we have an exodus happening from the Bay Area and California today?
I am writing as a resident of [city] to express my opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 9 and Senate Bill (SB) 10.
SB 9 would require ministerial consideration without any discretionary review, hearing, or environmental review for proposed housing developments with 2 residential units in zones in single-family residential zones.
SB 10 does two things: It lets a simple majority on a city council overturn voter-approved ballot initiatives that protect open space, land, and neighborhoods, on such issues as height limits. SB 10 also allows cities to approve 10-unit market-rate apartments almost anywhere, regardless of zoning. SB 10 is simply a repeat of SB 902, a bill that had no ground or backing in 2020.
There is currently a major exodus from California and Silicon Valley. Can Sacramento please fix the future of our Golden State? Can you please come up with a managed growth plan, based on the foundation of proper urban planning, that would enhance the quality of our life? Housing and Transportation are two variables that cannot be addressed in isolation? We should consider a mass transportation vision plan for California like the many other urban economies across the world are considering; fixing the traffic/transportation issue we have and expanding housing in a pragmatic, methodical manner should be our first priorities.
There has been a movement in Sacramento to address the affordable housing crisis by stripping communities of local control. This effort has been based on the underlying belief that the housing crisis can be solved by eliminating imaginary barriers to development.
SB 9 continues this effort to chip away at the ability of our communities to plan for their own futures and growth, and it will fail to spur housing construction in a manner that supports local flexibility, decision-making, and community input. If this plan moves forward, our communities’ foreseeable future will be disrupted.
Please be responsive to the feedback of the League of California Cities in their opposition of SB9. Many new citizen groups have organized throughout different regions of California to oppose this. We urge the State Legislature and the Governor to reject this bill and seek a collaborative, pragmatic and realistic solution to housing that allows local jurisdictions to be part of the solution without sacrificing the ability to shape the future of our communities.
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