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California to End Zoning for Single-Family-Only Homes

A sign is displayed in front of new homes for sale at Hamilton Cottages this past September in Novato, California. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

California lawmakers passed a bill last Monday that would allow more housing in neighborhoods now zoned only for single-family homes.

This change to one of the state’s bedrock zoning rules had been in the works for three years and has progressed after several high-profile failures in previous years.

Under Senate Bill 9 from Senate Speaker Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), cities in California should allow duplexes, and in some cases four units, in most single-family home neighborhoods. The bill is now awaiting signature by Governor Gavin Newsom and would come into force next year.

In this episode of “Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast,” we explore the history of single-family home zoning and why proponents of increased development believe it will help alleviate the state’s housing problems. Our guest is Los Angeles City Councilor Kevin de León, who is concerned about the impact the bill could have on the low-income Latino neighborhoods he represents in the eastern part of the city.

“Gimme Shelter,” a bimonthly podcast that explains why it’s so expensive to live in California and what the state can do about it, features Liam Dillon, who covers housing affordability issues for the Los Angeles Times, and Manuela Tobias, housing reporter for CalMatters.

You can subscribe to “Gimme Shelter” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and Google Podcasts.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.