A Los Angeles City Council committee is set to decide Friday if it wants to oppose a state bill that would allow developers to build housing that is taller or denser than local zoning laws permit if it is located near a rail station or bus line.
Los Angeles is facing a housing shortage, which has contributed to a rising cost of real estate along with an escalating level of homelessness, but Senate Bill 827 would throw the door open to too much rapid development with not enough local oversight, according to a resolution that was introduced by Councilman David Ryu and set to be discussed Friday by the Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.
Ryu’s resolution says the bill would encompass vast amounts of Los Angeles, “effectively eliminating the ability for the city to engage in planning self-determination.”
SB 827 is proposed by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, as a way to fight the state’s housing shortage and encourage public transportation over automobiles to improve the environment.
If approved, the bill could significantly reshape neighborhoods in urban areas all over the state by overriding local zoning laws and allowing developers to build taller or more dense buildings than are currently allowed, with no parking minimums and limited design review, including in single family neighborhoods.
“We can have all the electric vehicles and solar panels in the world, but we won’t meet our climate goals without making it easier for people to live near where they work, and live near transit and drive less,” Weiner said on Twitter about SB 827.