Bill to Boost Housing Density in California Coastal Areas Advances

A new bill aiming to improve housing accessibility in California’s coastal neighborhoods has passed the State Assembly. Assembly Bill 2560, introduced by Assemblymember David Alvarez (D-San Diego), seeks to include coastal zones under the state’s “density bonus law,” allowing developers to increase housing density in exchange for adding affordable units. This change would reduce the Coastal Commission’s authority over these areas, enabling local governments to approve more mixed-income housing.

The bill, which passed the Assembly 55 to 6, will next be reviewed by the State Senate’s Rules Committee.

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