Is anyone building in their own backyard?

From UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation

The humble granny flat – or Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) - has been touted as a potential solution to California’s housing affordability crisis, with new legislation aimed at streamlining the ADU permitting process introduced in 2016 to promote construction.

But have these changes prompted California homeowners to build in their own backyards? This comprehensive assessment of permit applications across California’s major metropolitan areas aims to find out whether a more liberal ADU approval policy has reaped benefits for the state’s housing stock.



Can we more than double California's housing production by 2025?

From the California Department of Housing and Community Development

House production averaged less than 80,000 homes annually over the past 10 years, well below the projected need of 180,000. How does California address a shortfall that dramatic?

Streamlined approval processes, better city incentives and increased government accountability – they’re all recommendations from the HCD’s final statewide housing assessment as it attempts to lay a blueprint for the state to ease its housing affordability crisis. 



Local zoning: How it got us here and the road ahead.

From the Urban Land Institute's Terwilliger Center for Housing  

Have you ever wondered how the patchwork planning systems present across the United States came to be?

This paper analyzes the historical precedent for zoning ordinances and development restrictions and explains how they are contributing to today’s affordability crisis and the rise of NIMBY-ism.

Assessing the efficacy of innovative measures underway across the country in overcoming these roadblocks, the authors highlight what California is currently doing to tackle the crisis, and what it can do better. 






3 steps California must take to overcome NIMBY-ism 

From Paavo Monkkonen and Will Livesley-O'Neill at UCLA's Lewis Center

California’s housing crisis has sparked a necessary dialogue about displacement, gentrification, and neighborhood control over land use. In these discussions, more attention ought to be paid to the spatial inequality that governs housing development and how cities have arrived at their highly unequal distribution of density and development.

Although many people agree that the state’s unprecedentedly high housing costs are the result of a severe housing shortage — one that hurts renters and benefits homeowners — they disagree about where this needed new housing will be built.