State of California Files First-Ever Housing Supply Compliance Lawsuit

The state of California has filed a lawsuit against the city of Huntington Beach alleging that the jurisdiction has failed to allow enough new homebuilding to accommodate a growing population. This case marks the first lawsuit filed under enhanced authority given last year to the governor’s office to investigate compliance with a state law that requires jurisdictions to identify local housing supply goals that would enable them to accommodate projected population growth. A recent analysis by the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, found that about 10 percent of the state’s jurisdictions had made their zoning codes more restrictive over the past five years, including Huntington Beach. Michael Gates, Huntington Beach’s city attorney, has released a statement arguing that delays in making more progress on housing have been caused by other lawsuits and that the city “will review all of its options in order to respond to the lawsuit.”

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