A Democrat from California enacted two proposals to address the Golden State’s housing crisis on Sept. 28.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two new bills into law that pro-housing movement “Yes In My Back Yard” (YIMBY) co-sponsored.

Assembly Bill 602 (AB 602) and Senate Bill 478 (SB 478) are touted to make zoning standards and local fees more fair and transparent.

Assemblyman Tim Grayson (D) introduced AB 602 to stimulate more naturally affordable housing across California. He hopes to achieve this through boosting transparency around impact fees and having them correspond to the size of each property.

YIMBY blamed “exorbitant” current impact fees for preventing new housing from being built, because prices are unaffordable for tenants and homebuyers.

For example, large residences are frequently charged the same impact fees as smaller apartments in a multi-family housing development. These fees frequently exceed $100,000 per apartment.

“Smaller, more affordable homes deserve smaller, more affordable fees,” California YIMBY CEO Brian Hanlon said in a statement.

State Sen. Scott Wiener revealed SB 478, also known as the “nerd bill,” amends zoning laws to make it more difficult for local governments to ban certain modest apartment buildings with three to 10 units.

This bill is promised to discourage local cities from land use “tricks” to prevent otherwise lawful multi-family housing projects from being built. The group blames floor area ratios for preventing multi-family housing zones from having more than one home.

Newsom signed 25 other housing-related bills into law on the same day. All of them are touted to “cut the red tape” in new dwelling construction.

“The acute affordability crisis we are experiencing in California was decades in the making, and now we are taking the necessary steps to fix it,” he said in a statement.

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