Wrong-headed Re-make of Redevelopment Law

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

For years, housing advocates have been lamenting the demise of redevelopment authority that occurred earlier this decade.  To be sure, redevelopment was a lot of things to a lot of people. To local governments, it was the freedom to independently finance a host of community improvements and spur economic development.  To housing advocates, it was […]

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Housing California Doesn’t Have to be So Hard

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

When the first new home in the Centennial housing development goes on sale in 2021 it will have been 27 years since the project was submitted for local approval.  That’s over a quarter century, well more than two decades. It’s a full generation, or six college graduations. And, for many, it’s nearly half a lifetime. […]

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The Possibilities of Zoning

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Webster defines zoning as “dividing into zones, tracts or areas according to existing characteristics or as distinguished for some purpose.”   In today’s urban environments, it’s the last five words in the definition of zoning that really matter – for housing, at least.  Indeed, it’s those five words – as distinguished for some purpose – that […]

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Soaring Building Costs Are Slowing Housing Recovery

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

By all accounts, California is in the depths of a crisis.  Affordable housing can’t be found in the state’s growing job centers – enjoying an economic renaissance of sorts but with no place to house a burgeoning workforce.  To preserve that welcome growth, now, more than ever, there is a need to build additional housing, […]

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Rent Control Initiative Likely on 2020 Ballot

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Housing activists are at it again.  After seeing last year’s ballot measure – Proposition 10 – go down in flames, they’re taking another run at establishing statewide rent control.  Recently, last year’s losing side submitted a market-constraining draft initiative for the 2020 ballot to the state attorney general (AG) for “title and summary”.   The […]

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Remembering Reagan, and the Heroes of D-Day

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Today, as I write this column I’m reminded of a weekend some time ago when – then a lobbyist for homebuilders – I set out to write a regular commentary but was distracted by the news of Ronald Reagan’s death.  Fifteen years have ensued since I heard of the great man’s passing but I remember […]

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Anti-NIMBY Legislation Dead for Year

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

SB 50, the controversial bill to mandate high-density housing near transit hubs, recently failed to pass the Senate Committee on Appropriations.  Though the bill is likely dead for the year, its author – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – vowed to bring it back before the legislative session ends in September. That could be a […]

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Housing Markets and the State

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Each year, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) promulgates what’s known as the RHNA (Regional Housing Needs Assessment).  As the title of the report suggests, the RHNA announces to regional governments in California – councils of governments (COGs) – their housing goals for the next eight years or so. To complete the […]

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Guess What? California Needs More Housing

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

The major findings of a recently released report came as no surprise to most of us:  California needs more housing – lots of it. This, by the way, comes on the heels of enactment of a package of bills to, presumably, solve the problem.  That’s what we were told, anyway, by state legislators after they […]

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Mayor Laments Climate Change as San Jose Withers

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

“Calling all California residents!  Get ready to shut off your kitchen stove.  Then, turn off with your water heater. Done? Now, shut down your central heater.   All right then, go put on a jacket, sit down and keep quiet for awhile.” That’s the message coming from the mayor of the City of San Jose, Sam […]

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