Affordable Housing Requirements in Question at California Supreme Court


By Noah Arroyo : SanFranciscoPublicPress – excerpt

It soon may be even harder for city officials across California to get builders to produce affordable housing or even ask them to contribute to its production.

The state Supreme Court is deliberating whether the City of San Jose’s so-called inclusionary zoning legally forces developers to build or help pay for new affordable homes whenever they also build large market-rate projects. If the court strikes down San Jose’s law, that may invalidate similar laws in San Francisco and other cities, and it could keep municipalities from adopting new inclusionary programs.

“This case is going to have a really big impact on whether or not more inclusionary zoning happens,” Tim Iglesias, a University of San Francisco law professor, said on a recent episode of KQED’s Forum program. Iglesias co-wrote a friend-of-the-court brief in support of San Jose’s zoning.

The plaintiffs in the case, California…

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2 thoughts on “Affordable Housing Requirements in Question at California Supreme Court

  1. Hi, Mari,

    Last week you have send an email about ” we won, we won.” Can you explain to me what is this about? What do I need to anticipate or contribute to it? You also had mention a name ” Rose ” …………………..

    Thanks, Shiufan

    On Sun, May 3, 2015 at 1:56 PM, Grassroots Actions wrote:

    > zRants posted: ” “


  2. Thanks for asking. Sorry it took a while to answer. Since this article was posted the court ruled that the city of San Jose has the right to require a certain amount of affordable housing for the public good.

    We won in a few areas recently if you are concerned about development and traffic issues, or you think that traffic is worse because of the all the new development. The Mission Moratorium on market-rate housing initiative gathered over 15,000 signatures in less than 20 days so that will be on the November ballot.

    We also won at the Planning Commission when the Commissioners removed changes in the rules and regulations that would have limited the time the public has to review and comment on documents describing projects prior to hearing dates. We felt that limiting public access is not good for the public and so far the Planning Commissioners have agreed with us.

    In general the Planning Commissioners are listening to the public and starting to share our concerns over the negative changes we are seeing in the neighborhoods.


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