The bill’s next stop is scheduled for the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Still stymied by Senate Bill 50, State Sen. Scott Wiener’s important proposal to boost housing along some of California transit hubs? Don’t worry. Berkeley illustrator and housing activist Alfred Twu, who designed the fantasy BART apartment complex and this previous flowchart, has a brand new chart to help explain SB 50, the MORE Homes Act.
SB 50 has been amended as it proceeds through committee hearings. The first major change occurred on April 25, when SB 50 merged with Sen. Mike McGuire’s SB 4, making fourplexes by-right across much of the state. On May 1, 2019, new revisions produce principles for metropolitan and rural places.
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In addition, he notes,”Legislation is obviously a negotiation–give and take–and while we had negotiated, we ended up with a reasonable, workable, and positive result.”
Detractors include Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller, who wrote an op-ed in the Daily Post, saying that, among other items,”SB 50 would alter the character of our city’s cherished residential area,” along with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, an LA-based nonprofit, that compared SB 50 to racist urban renewal plans .
He adds,”It’s a sensible and time-tested approach to building housing.”
Wiener’s invoice has attracted lines from the proverbial sand about home between those who don’t want any, those who claim they desire it (just not in their city ), and those who literally want it now.
Supporters of this invoice include Habitat for Humanity, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, the American Association of Retired Person (AAPR), Environment California, and the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV).
“It will upzone all counties, large and small”
According to Twu, the newest changes”echo how Californian cities were built prior to the downzonings of the mid-20th century: mid-rise buildings near rail stations, small apartments and townhouses near offices, and a mix of homes, duplexes, and fourplexes in most suburban areas.”
“It will upzone all counties, big and small,” Wiener tells Curbed SF. “The changes we negotiated with Senator McGuire supply lighter touch density increases in tiny counties, but these counties still find more density, including Senator McGuire’s very own Marin and Sonoma Counties.”