The Bay Area Council has doubled down on our advocacy for increased housing production throughout the Bay Area, addressing the pre-existing housing crisis that has been compounded by our public health crisis. We must seize the opportunity to rebuild and revitalize our region with smart growth strategies that address historic racial injustices and our ongoing environmental crisis in a manner that does not derail our fragile economy.
We come into 2022 committed to this fight with fresh ideas, more allies, and the same determination to remove the roadblocks that currently prevent the building of a more diverse, equitable, sustainable, and vibrant Bay Area. Building on past success, the Council is currently the sponsor of 4 housing bills still moving their way through the 2022 legislative session. No other peer organization can boast this level of engagement or our track record of passing bills that produce actual quantifiable results.
Goal 1: Improve Bay Area affordability by increasing housing supply to 55,500 units a year by 2031.
Goal 2: Expand federal commitment to housing production
Current Legislation of Interest
AB 2097 (Friedman)
AB 2097 would relax minimum parking requirements in areas close to transit, allowing developers to build more and cheaper transit-oriented development. These parking requirements can add tens of thousands of dollars of cost to projects, so giving developers flexibility will allow them to reduce costs and build more housing.
AB 2668 (Grayson)
AB 2668 would enact important technical clarifications to SB 35 (Wiener), a Council-supported streamlining measure. It would, for example, clarify the hazard remediation process for certain types of underground tanks.
SB 897 (Wieckowski)
SB 897, the most recent in a long line of Council-sponsored ADU bills, would allow for two-story ADUs in certain places. It would also prevent local governments from requiring more expensive materials than are needed, in certain circumstances.
Housing Committee Leadership
Jonathan Fearn, Managing Director, US West Development, Greystar
Project Endorsement Committee:
Shwetha Subramanian, Senior Vice President, Development, FivePoint
Linda Klein, Partner, Cox, Castle & Nicholson
Home Building Alliance
Up for Growth