Advocates for Lafayette California Homeowners
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This is the issue: the availability of affordable and inclusive housing in California is a real issue facing all of us. Desirable and livable suburbs like Lafayette have become a “hot market” with increased prices of real estate and rental rates reflecting this trend. This housing shortage is state wide, especially for affordable housing, and has become a problem that state level politicians are attempting to address.
But, what many residents may not know is the way in which the State of California is trying to solve this problem. The recent RHNA (Regional Housing Needs Assessments/Allocations) numbers requiring Lafayette to find space to allow for over 3000+ new housing units in our city (figure includes state allocation plus legally allowed bonus) is just the tip of the iceberg. The legislators are also currently considering several more bills that will have devastating impacts on cities across the state by destroying mature single family neighborhoods . Despite our topography, heavily wooded lands, limited infrastructure, and unstable soils, Lafayette would not be excluded from these proposed laws. Local control of housing and land use decisions would be drastically reduced and single family residential zoning is likely to disappear from California landscapes.
The Lafayette Homeowners Council webinar focused on these topics and alternative ideas to provide more affordable and available housing in our community.
Two groups - Livable California and United Neighbors - made presentations on California’s housing “shortage” and the affordable housing dilemma, as well as a review of current and proposed state-wide laws aimed at densifying single family home neighborhoods, and what we can do about it.
Reminder, annual dues are not due until the Fall, but donations to help support the work of the LHC are always welcome. Please use the Donations page's buttons or the Dues and Donation form.
Bill Bucher, President
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