Local and State Policy Platform - Housing
Our housing crisis is the greatest threat to our long-term economic and cultural success. The Chamber will advocate for incentives and opportunities that create more housing at all levels, and organize the private sector to support new housing development in all market levels.
Permitting and Regulation
We applaud recent progress in streamlining of the local permitting process to encourage housing development. We support similar improvements to the entitlement process to gain process consistency and create needed certainty for developers throughout the city and in priority development areas. We support incentives for in-fill and affordable housing.
CEQA amendments must be addressed to ensure it is not an obstacle for high density development, particularly for in-fill urban development. CEQA must be modernized to preserve the law’s original intent while preventing abuse for purposes unrelated to environmental protection.
The preponderance of evidence and research show rent control and just cause eviction laws do nothing to provide housing, reduce homelessness or provide affordable housing for renters, and experts agree that these policies exacerbate housing shortages. Home development is the most effective way to ease the cost of housing.