While there is a critical shortage of housing in California,
there is no shortage of media coverage and commentary on the
topic. However, current coverage and commentary often
fail to tell the whole story. What’s often missing is the
focus of a
recent op-ed I authored for CalMatters. Cities
are making real progress to spur housing production in their
The supply and affordability of housing is one of California’s
most persistent, high-profile issues. Cities are actively
planning, zoning, and approving millions of new homes, but even
in the highest-producing cities, there is still an acute lack of
housing. This begs a figurative, and increasingly literal,
million-dollar question: Why?
To address its housing shortfall, Pomona has adopted a set of
holistic housing and land use policies. The tools help address a
range of related issues, including housing, racial inequity,
accessibility, and transportation. When used together, they can
boost production and ensure that housing is safe, affordable, and
supports a higher quality of life.
The city of Buena Park is no stranger to the nationwide
homelessness crisis. A 2019 Orange County Point in Time Count
Report found that 6,860 people in the county were experiencing
homelessness. However, thanks to a collaborative, regional
effort, the city is now part of an effective, cost-efficient
solution that looks to permanently break the cycle of
To help support planning commissioners, their staff, and other
officials interested in land use and planning, the Institute for
Local Government has updated its flagship Planning
Commissioners Handbook and compiled a list of related resources.
The update is intended to help local officials understand the
planning process and provide a window into future planning
challenges on the horizon.