Legislation Addressing Mixed-Income Housing Dies in Senate
Future of policy providing quality affordable homes remains in doubt
deadlines made a victim of SB 184 (Leno), which sought to restore the ability of local governments to enact
mixed-income housing programs that were put in doubt by a 2009 appellate court
decision. SB 184 failed to pass out of the Senate by January 31st, the deadline
for bills to pass out of their house of origin. The bill was not taken up on
the Senate floor by Senator Leno due to the fact that it didn't have the
majority vote necessary for passage.
(or inclusionary) ordinances require a percentage of all new developments to
include homes affordable to lower-income households. Mixed-income housing
programs have been in place in California for decades, and at least 170 exist
throughout the state. However, a recent appellate court decision, Palmer/Sixth Street Properties L.P. v. City
of Los Angeles, 175 Cal. App. 4Th 1396 (2009), created uncertainty and
confusion for local governments and housing advocates regarding the future
viability of this important local land-use tool.
Palmer court decision ruled that the state's Costa-Hawkins rent-control law
prohibits local governments from creating affordable rental homes through local
inclusionary programs. Suddenly, this well-established policy that provided
quality affordable homes to over 80,000 Californians was -- and remains -- in
California is committed to working with other supporters of SB 184 to find an
opportunity to overturn the court decision.
Contact: Zack Olmstead, 916.447.0503 x108 or email@example.com.