The Southern California Association of governments voted this week in favor of a plan that pushes for more coastal housing instead of expanding communities inland.
According to the L.A. Times, Orange and L.A. Counties have to make room for more than a million new houses. That’s triple what Riverside and San Bernardino counties will have to accomodate.
Some in favor of the plan say it adds more homes near transit lines and jobs, which could reduce long commute times and lower greenhouse gas emissions. But others argue that companies should be encouraged to move inland. Some have been critical of the law that requires cities and counties to plan for home growth and development every eight years, saying it hasn’t helped address the state’s housing crisis. Today on AirTalk, we discuss SCAG’s plan for more coastal housing with different stakeholders and look at the pros and cons. What do you think about the plan? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.
Bill Jahn, president of the Southern California Association of Governments
Meghan Sahli-Wells, mayor of Culver City
Joel Kotkin, presidential fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University and executive director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, a think tank in Houston; he is the author of “The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us” (Agate B2, 2016)