California extends streamlined housing permitting process

It was one of 56 housing-related bills Newsom signed Wednesday to address the state’s shortage.
California Sen. Scott Wiener (D) speaks about student housing during a news conference at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Janie Har, File)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed legislation extending an existing law that requires cities and localities with unmet housing goals to use a streamlined permitting process for new construction, a tool supporters say has helped address the state’s affordable housing crisis.

The bill was one of 56 housing bills Newsom signed Wednesday evening. 

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