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The next steps to ease California’s housing crisis

Building homes in California is not an easy feat. Opinion There is extremely limited land available in key areas, making real estate prices among the nation’s highest. Impact fees are typically much higher than the national average of $6,000 per unit ...

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A construction worker helps frame a Lane Homes model being built at The Mill on Broadway in Sacramento in October Randy Pench Sacramento Bee file A construction worker helps frame a Lane Homes model being built at The Mill on Broadway in Sacramento in October Randy Pench Sacramento Bee file setLeadImageSize(); $(window).resize(function() { var clientWidth = Math.max(document.documentElement.clientWidth, window.innerWidth || 0); if (clientWidth > 767) { $('.lead-item').find('.caption').hide(); $('.lead-item .lead-caption').show(); } else { $('.lead-item .lead-caption').hide(); } setLeadImageSize(); }); $('.lead-item img').click(function(){ var elemWidth = Math.max(document.documentElement.clientWidth, window.innerWidth || 0); if(elemWidth Battaglia Special to The Bee (function() { var SB = window.SB.v1; SB.load('UI.ShareBar', function() { SB.UI.ShareBar().init({ 'parent': '#sharebar-story-top', 'withCounts': true }).render(); }); })(); $(window).scroll(function() { var windowCurrentPos = $(window).scrollTop(); var scrollTopPos = $("#story-body-items").offset().top-50; var scrollEndPos = $("#commenting-container").offset().top; if(windowCurrentPos >= scrollEndPos || windowCurrentPos  Opinion There is extremely limited land available in key areas, making real estate prices among the nation’s highestImpact fees are typically much higher than the national average of $6,000 per unit; fees in Los Angeles are $41,694 a unitAverage labor costs are roughly 20 percent higher in California cities than elsewhere in the country, and building standards require more expensive materialsAnd California’s environmental laws are abused to target housing projects that are desperately needed. No wonder we are in the middle of a severe housing shortageWe are only building about half the homes needed every year, resulting in sky-high prices, unaffordable rents, long commutes, increased homelessness and reduced economic activity. (function() { var randomUrl = getRandomUrl(',,,'); var eventMethod = window.addEventListener ? "addEventListener" : "attachEvent"; var eventer = window[eventMethod]; var messageEvent = eventMethod == "attachEvent" ? "onmessage" : "message"; $("", { "class" : "col-xs-12", "src" : randomUrl, "scrolling" : "no", "frameborder" : "no" }).appendTo("#newsletter-signUpWidget"); eventer(messageEvent, function(e) { if (randomUrl.indexOf(e.origin) != -1 ) { var key = e.message ? "message" : "data"; var data = JSON.parse(e[key]); switch(data.messageid) { case 100: var signupevent = new CustomEvent( 'signup', {"detail": data} ); window.dispatchEvent( signupevent ); break; case 200: $('#newsletter-signUpWidget iframe').css('height', data.iframe.height); break; } } }, false ); })(); Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW The Legislature and GovJerry Brown took quite a few good first steps last year by establishing a funding source for affordable housing and motivating local cities to meet their housing targets. But there are specific policies that local governments and the Legislature could act on to help ease the crisis and boost the housing supplyOfficials need to lower costs placed exclusively on homebuyers, reduce some state-mandated regulations that lead to higher project costs and to finally face the tough debate about abuse of the California Environmental Quality Act We hope the Legislature enacts meaningful CEQA reform that eliminates anonymous lawsuits, prohibits lawsuits for non-environmental purposes and ends redundant CEQA reviewLawmakers should also stop expanding regulations that block, delay or reduce projects, including infill development. At the local level, governments should limit impact fees to essential services and make the fees more transparentLocal agencies should be held accountable for approving projectsFinally, the amount of affordable housing built on the back of market rate units should be limited. Our members are looking forward to being a part of the solution to make housing once again more affordable and accessible for all California families.  Sign upGet on The TakeRead the influential voices on California and national politics and issuesSign up here. Michael CBattaglia, vice president of project development for Arlington, Va.-based CalAtlantic Homes, is 2018 chairman of the California Building Industry AssociationHe can be contacted at lazyLoadingModule("inlinegallery-template-192202259", "inlinegallery-target-192202259", "gallery",500, undefined, undefined, undefined, "undefined", 192202259 , 1 ); !function(){var TOUT=window.TOUT=window.TOUT||{},utils={getCanonicalLinkHref:function(){for(var links=document.getElementsByTagName("link"),i=0;i-1}}}(); !function(){var TOUT=window.TOUT=window.TOUT||{};if(console&&console.log&&console.log("Tout SDK: "+ +new Date),!TOUT._sdkScriptTagParsedAt){TOUT._sdkScriptTagParsedAt=new Date,TOUT.EMBED_CODE_VERSION="1.2.0";var sdkHost=TOUT.SDK_HOST||"",sdkProtocol=TOUT.SDK_PROTOCOL||("https:"==window.location.protocol?"https:":"http:"),analyticsHost=TOUT.SDK_ANALYTICS_HOST||"",analyticsProtocol=TOUT.SDK_ANALYTICS_PROTOCOL||sdkProtocol;TOUT.onReady=TOUT.onReady||function(func){return TOUT._onReadyQueue=TOUT._onReadyQueue||[],TOUT._onReadyQueue.push(func),TOUT},TOUT.fireSimpleAnalyticsPixel=function(trigger_name,attrs){var img=new Image,url=analyticsProtocol+"//"+analyticsHost+"/events?trigger="+trigger_name;for(var attr in attrs)attrs.hasOwnProperty(attr)&&(url+="&"+attr+"="+encodeURIComponent(attrs[attr]));return img.src=url,img},TOUT.init=function(brandUid,options){options=options||{};var sdkScriptId="tout-js-sdk";if(document.getElementById(sdkScriptId)&&!options.forceInit)return TOUT;if(brandUid=TOUT.SDK_BRAND_UID||brandUid,"undefined"==typeof brandUid||"string"!=typeof brandUid||0===brandUid.length||brandUid.length>7)return TOUT.fireSimpleAnalyticsPixel("sdk_log",{log_level:"error",log_message:"BRAND_UID_NOT_DEFINED",content_page_url:window.location.href}),console&&console.error&&console.error("TOUT - Invalid Brand UID: "+brandUid),TOUT;TOUT._initOptions=options;var script=document.createElement("script");script.type="text/javascript",script.src=sdkProtocol+"//"+sdkHost+"/sdk/v1/"+brandUid+".js",,script.className="tout-sdk";var firstScript=document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];return firstScript.parentNode.insertBefore(script,firstScript),TOUT.fireSimpleAnalyticsPixel("sdk_initialized",{content_brand_uid:brandUid,sdk_embed_code_version:TOUT.EMBED_CODE_VERSION,content_page_url:window.location.href}),TOUT}}}(); (function(){ var brandUid = "a7bd74"; TOUT.mapAsyncFetchApp.init(brandUid); TOUT.init(brandUid); TOUT.mapAsyncFetchApp.fetch(); })(); ! 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