Governor Newsom Sues Over Affordable Housing
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Governor Newson took action to sue the City of Huntington Beach for willfully failing to comply with the California’s housing law requiring cities to meet regional housing needs.
In 2015, the Department of Housing and Community Development found Huntington Beach’s housing plan was out of compliance with state law. The city adopted a plan that met state standards in 2013, but later amended its housing plan and significantly reduced the number of new housing units able to be built — allegedly moving the city out of compliance with state housing law. California cities and counties are required by law to draft and adopt a housing plan that meets regional housing needs.
Assembly Bill 72 (Santiago), which took effect January 1, 2018, allows the state to revoke a city or county’s existing housing compliance plan and to refer potential cases to the state Attorney General’s Office for litigation. The suit against Huntington Beach is the first such case.
Governor Newsom’s proposed budget allocates $500 million for incentives for cities that allow for new housing production and $250 million to provide technical assistance for cities to responsibly ramp up zoning and permitting processes. The Governor’s budget also includes another $1 billion in other funding for housing construction.