PRESS STATEMENT: SB1120 is a bridge too far

September 01, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               

CONTACT: ANNE M. DI GRAZIA

anne.digrazia@sen.ca.gov

(916) 651-4030 (Office)

SB1120 is a bridge too far

SACRAMENTO- SB 1120 (Atkins) would allow single-family zoned lots to subdivide a property.  

 

“After a lot of discussion with stakeholders, constituents, and the bill authors, I will not support the SB 1120, as it is currently in print, if it returns to the Senate for concurrence. The bill prohibits the subdivision of properties located in certain zones unless the site has adopted mitigation measures required by existing building standards. But existing standards do not mitigate very high fire zones, such as many neighborhoods in my district. Any risk to public safety is unconscionable.

 

As I have said previously, motivating owners to subdivide and build is laudable when our state faces decades of low housing production and increases costs of housing. Especially in neighborhoods that are historically inaccessible to the very families who cannot afford housing now. The question is, as many have raised, who will respond to that motivation? Outside speculators? Will it be those who own lots that are an acre or more? Or middle-income homeowners in already dense neighborhoods looking to increase the value of perhaps their primary investment? The subdivided lots can be reduced to as little as 1200 sq. ft. And while the bill’s author has said to me that it is not her intent that more than 2-duplexes be constructed (4-units), I see that the language is such that it could be left up to interpretation just how many units would be allowable under its provisions. I agree, 8- units is excessive and not acceptable.

 

Ultimately, we will all have to rise to the challenge of finding housing production solutions that meet the unique need of every community. We cannot continue with business as usual. I will continue to challenge all our assumptions about what types of growth will benefit our communities for new residents and current residents alike.”

 

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Sen. Mitchell is chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. She represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 30, which includes Culver City and much of Los Angeles. More information about Sen. Mitchell can be found at https://sd30.senate.ca.gov