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Feb. 22, 2024

Credit where credit is due – local agency action to promote housing

Local authorities have a shared responsibility to address the statewide housing crisis, and some cities have taken creative and admirable steps to facilitate housing development.

Christopher S. Burt

Senior Counsel, Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Andrew K. Fogg

Partner, Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP


To no one’s surprise, the California Legislature has passed another collection of housing bills during its 2023-2024 session to facilitate much-needed housing construction. The Legislature’s efforts are widely supported by housing advocates as a way to ease the statewide housing crisis. However, some (if not many) local jurisdictions have criticized the housing bills as legislative overreach and an undermining of local power. There is some...

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