An Untapped Remedy to California's Housing Crisis


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Since 1990, affordable housing projects have been able to use what the Housing Accountability Act calls “builder's remedy” to bypass zoning codes and plans not in compliance with Housing Element Law. However, even with the Housing Element Law recently strengthened by lawmakers in Sacramento, developers are not submitting building remedy projects to bypass local ordinances. Join us as we take a deep dive into Christopher Elmendorf's paper "A Primer on California's 'Builder's Remedy' for Housing-Element Noncompliance" to learn more about builder's remedy, why it's not being used today, and what could enable builders to make use of this tool in the future.

  • Sarah Karlinsky / SPUR
  • Meea Kang / Related California
  • Chris Elmendorf / University of California, Davis
  • Dylan Casey / CaRLA



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