Last October, I had the privilege of attending the Real Estate Fall Gathering and Coppola Family Speaker Series, presented by the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate (“FIRE”) at my alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. FIRE was established in 2019 to educate and inspire the next generation of real estate professionals at Notre Dame to “create places of lasting value” … [Read more...] about ND’s Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate brings fresh vitality to housing issues
Mountain View and Los Altos Hills targeted for “builder’s remedy” projects
Over the last several years, a plethora of legislation has been adopted in Sacramento with the intention of spurring housing development in California in response to our housing crisis, with a number of these laws being previously noted in this blog. Hand in hand with these efforts, the Association of Bay Area Governments (“ABAG”), a regional planning agency, has set housing … [Read more...] about Mountain View and Los Altos Hills targeted for “builder’s remedy” projects
Protracted legal odyssey ends in victory for Lafayette housing development
A twelve-year saga of pitched battles between housing advocates, developers and an obdurate NIMBY (“Not in My Backyard”) assemblage was finally resolved last month by California’s First District Court of Appeal. In a victory for California housing proponents, the City of Lafayette’s approval of the 315-unit Terraces of Lafayette project has been upheld against the challenges … [Read more...] about Protracted legal odyssey ends in victory for Lafayette housing development
Housing crisis-inspired policy goals now at loggerheads in Palo Alto
Once again, the chronic and acute shortage of housing in California takes center stage in this week’s blog, as has happened so many times over the past several years. This time, the spotlight is on Palo Alto, whose debates over development have also previously been featured here. The controversy at hand involves the tension between the development of additional market rate … [Read more...] about Housing crisis-inspired policy goals now at loggerheads in Palo Alto
Can SB 330, the Housing Crisis Act of 2019, succeed in lowering barriers to residential development in California?
In my last blog post, I wrote about AB 1482, the statewide rent control bill adopted by the California legislature, which Governor Gavin Newsom has just signed. Awaiting action by Newsom momentarily is the Housing Crisis Act of 2019 (SB 330), a measure intended to promote California housing construction by suspending certain local limitations on housing construction. While … [Read more...] about Can SB 330, the Housing Crisis Act of 2019, succeed in lowering barriers to residential development in California?