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New California Housing Laws

In an effort to address the lack of affordable housing in California, the state legislature has passed a number of new laws that will significantly decrease the City of Carlsbad’s ability to control how and where new housing is approved, according to a recent presentation by the city’s government relations representatives.

The new laws, some of which go into effect Jan. 1, 2020, cover a wide range of topics designed to create more affordable housing statewide, including:

  • Making it easier to add “accessory dwelling units,” sometimes called granny flats, in neighborhoods.
  • Limiting the amount rent can be increased by landlords.
  • Making it easier to get housing projects approved.

Given the volume and complexity of the changes, the City Council requested that a workshop be set aside in early 2020 to discuss the new laws and how they relate to the city’s future plans to manage growth and protect Carlsbad’s quality of life.

A summary of the new laws can be found in the staff report and presentation provided to City Council.

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November 19, 2019