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Report Released on Examining the Local Land Use Entitlement Process in California to Inform Policy and Process
This week, researchers at the University of California, Berkley, and Columbia University released a report titled “Getting it Right: Examining the Local Land Use Entitlement Process in California to Inform Policy and Process.” The report examined data collected on all residual development projects (of more than five units) over a three-year period in five Bay Area cities (San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Redwood City, and Palo Alto). The report found that even if housing developments complied with the underlying zoning code, additional scrutiny from the local government were carried out before obtaining a building permit, thus slowing down housing production.
The report can be accessed here. An article by the Los Angeles Times titled “Blame California’s Cities and Counties for Housing Delays, Not State Environmental Law, New Study Says” can be accessed here.