This led the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in 2017 to form CASA, or the Committee to House the Bay Area, a 21-member steering group charged with developing a plan to remedy the Bay Area’s housing issues. In late 2018, CASA released its work product, the “CASA Compact,” a 10-point plan with three main goals:
1. Produce 35,000 housing units per year
2. Preserve 30,000 existing affordable units
3. Protect 300,000 lower-income households
The culmination of the 2015 LAO and 2018 HCD reports, along with the CASA Compact recommendations, served as the context and groundwork for a suite of housing laws including the “2017 Housing Package,” the Housing Crisis Act of 2019 (SB 330), among others. In general, these housing laws seek to:
· Advance affordable housing development, usually through voter-approved revenue sources.
· Protect low-income households, typically through tenant protections.
· Stimulate housing production by lessening or removing local regulatory controls (i.e., streamlining project review) and assigning responsibility to local governments for accommodating projected future growth.
Housing Element Update
The most intense focus of the mandated Housing Element Update is the requirement to identify housing sites to accommodate an assigned share of the region’s projected growth. As with most aspects of housing development, many laws dictate the process and parameters in which Housing Elements are updated. A summary of the recently enacted housing laws that apply to housing elements can be found in our Housing Legislation section.