State Housing Legislation

The ability to make local decisions on planning and land use matters is of paramount importance to Danville residents and was a major driver behind the effort to incorporate in 1982.  Unfortunately, over the past few decades, local control has eroded on a number of important fronts.  Of great concern to the Town are the growing number of laws enacted by the State of California for local cities to address affordable housing challenges statewide.  

Historically, California housing costs have been higher than most areas in the United States.  Continued job growth, geographic constraints, environmental protections and Proposition 13 have amplified this challenge and resulted in a statewide median home price that is nearly double the nationwide median. 

DANVILLE’S RESPONSE

The Town of Danville recognizes the challenges of producing adequate and affordable housing opportunities in the region. Recent State legislative efforts have brought these challenges and the resultant policy implications for the Tri-Valley into sharper focus providing an opportunity for the Tri-Valley Cities to develop a collaborative response to influence such legislative efforts.

The Town of Danville is committed to identifying and advocating for policies and programs to address the housing crisis that is cognizant of the role cities play in the housing development process. Cities understand the nuances to housing production, which make them best equipped to identify outcomes that address housing needs while balancing community character and local decision-making authority. 

The Danville Town Council unanimously supports policy positions and actions that:

  • Advocate for a more balanced approach (balancing regional jobs, housing, and transportation needs);
  • Preserve local decision-making ability, ensuring that cites can address housing challenges in a way that fits with its community character;
  • Engage with other cities and state legislators to influence emerging legislation;
  • Undertake community outreach to educate our public.