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An aerial view of the Skyline Ranch development in the Santa Clarita Valley, June 14, 2018. Photo: Stephen K. Peeples.
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In his first budget proposal last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed an unprecedented series of carrots and sticks that would attempt to both induce and force local governments to plan for – and produce – more housing.

The proposals could potentially have a wide-ranging impact on the state’s system of planning and development, but the budget contained little detail on how these ideas would be implemented.

The biggest carrot is $750 million to local governments — $250 million to up their game on housing elements and $500 million as a reward for building more housing. In the budget summary, Newsom said the state would revamp the Regional Housing Needs Assessmente process and give the Department of Housing & Community Development a more significant role in enforcing regional housing goals.

The biggest stick – but one that will be difficult to achieve – is his proposal to withhold transportation funds from local governments that don’t achieve housing production goals. In his freewheeling budget press conference Thursday, Newsom said: “If you’re not hitting your goals, I don’t know why you get the money.” (Although Liam Dillon’s Los Angeles Times article on Friday is good source for the overall picture, his live Twitter feed from Thursday gives a vivid real-time account of how Newsom talked about housing at the press conference.

Though the budget summary does not include details on how Newsom will implement his proposed new carrots and sticks, it does lay out a sweeping set of changes in general terms.

These include:

* The $750 million for local governments on housing, including $250 million for planning.

* A complete revamping of the state’s RHNA and Housing Element process under the direction of HCD. Maybe the most important words in the budget summary on this topic are these: “HCD will be taking a more active role in housing element reviews. Moving from an advisory role, HCD will now oversee and enforce regional housing goals and production. HCD will determine a methodology for allocating housing needs to regions and local jurisdictions, with local input.”

* $500 million for the development of moderate-income housing.

* A vastly expanded state low-income housing tax credit program.

* An ambitious proposal to use the state’s own surplus property for affordable housing especially since development on such land does not require local approval.

* Modest changes to the Enhanced Infrastructure Finance District program, including eliminating the voter requirement and pairing EIFDs with federal Opportunity Zone investment opportunities. Newsom stopped short, however, of a proposing a new or expanded tax-increment program to benefit housing.

This article first appeared on the California Planning & Development Report website. Republished with permission.

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3 Comments

  1. Richard says:

    Please widen the 14 and 5 fwy before you think of building new homes in Santa Clarita. Also please resolve the traffic problems on the street caused by these new homes built after 2010. The corner of Sierra Hwy and Golden Valley are a nightmare just to get to the 14fwy between the hours of 5am-9am. Once these problems are fix then build.

  2. Bryon says:

    How about WATER!!! We are in a constant drought (though after one year of rain, government liberals proclaim, “DROUGHT OVER!”, until the next year of no rain.) We have been required to ration our water use.

    Where is all that water for all those developments going to come from?

    Please do tell…

  3. I Virginia Kennelly says:

    New low income housing, build, build, build! What about existing low income housing? Maintenance and upkeep costs keep increasing, rents keep increasing despite this 6 month moratorium, 3 % cap for 6 months but only 2.8% COLA increase, homelessness still continues! Permits not taken out as no inspectors to do much needed inspections for numerous violations! More community imput without fear of EVICTION!

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