California Cities' Ability to Stop New Housing Projects Limited By State Appeals Court
West Coast Land Use and Environment attorney Daniel Golub spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle about a ruling that will limit local governments' authority to deny housing construction in California. The First District Court of Appeal recently overruled San Mateo city officials’ objections to a proposed four-story apartment building noting that a city can reject a proposed development only if it would have “a specific, adverse and unavoidable impact on public health or safety” under objective criteria.
“California ranks 49th out of 50 states in homes per capita, and legal victories like this one are necessary to begin to stem the state’s historic housing supply and affordability crisis,” said Mr. Golub.
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