Zoning the "Ultimate Constraint" to Housing in California
A recent report shows that it could take 1,000 years for some California markets to reach a housing equilibrium under the current process.
By Kelsi Maree Borland | April 17, 2019 at 04:00 AM
The California market is suffering from a housing shortage, which is in turn contributing to a severe affordability crisis throughout the state. The problem is serious. A recent report from Next 10 analyzing the housing shortage found that it could take 1,000 years for some California submarkets to reach a housing equilibrium under the current regulatory environment. While the problem is complicated, Scott Choppin of developer Urban Pacific says that zoning is the ultimate constraint to housing in the state.
"The ultimate constraint is zoning in California," Choppin, founder of Urban Pacific Group of Cos., tells GlobeSt.com. "There is an oversupply of single-family zoned sites in California, and this is at the municipal and county levels. Most zoning maps are 80% to 90% low density, single-family zoned. Developers are always having to work within already zoned multifamily sites or have to do a rezone, and in this environment, rezoning is high contested. San Francisco and Berkeley are really good examples of onerous zoning."