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. Until recently, developers were not submitting building remedy projects to bypass local ordinances. Now thousands of units of builder's remedy housing are being proposed in jurisdictions like Santa Monica. 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 and what could enable builders to make even better 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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