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SB 1120 CA Bill Would Allow For Duplexes In Single Family Zoned Lots To Address Housing Shortage, But Some Neighborhood Groups Are Opposed




A sign is posted in front of a home for sale on July 18, 2017 in San Anselmo, California.
A sign is posted in front of a home for sale on July 18, 2017 in San Anselmo, California.
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A bill moving through the California legislature would require local governments to allow for duplexes in what’s currently single family home zoning as a way to address the state’s housing crisis. 

Under SB 1120, property owners could turn their houses into duplexes, or could divide up their lots and put two duplexes on the property, creating four homes where there was once one. 

The legislation is opposed by a number of local neighborhood groups who are concerned that new housing will affect the character of their neighborhoods, decrease available parking and not provide housing that is low rent enough to address the housing shortage.

We dive into the pros and cons of the legislation. Plus, we want to hear from you. Call us at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

David Garcia, policy director at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley; he tweets @DavidGarcia209     

Mark Ryavec, president of the Venice Stakeholders Association and member of the Venice Neighborhood Council