California set to extend streamlined housing permitting process 

The state Senate gave final approval to the bill on a 27-7 vote.
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)

The California Senate gave final approval to a bill that would extend an existing law requiring 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 “has huge potential to speed up housing permitting up & down the state,” Sen. Scott Wiener (D), who introduced the legislation in February, said in a statement Monday evening, after the Senate cleared it on a 27-7 vote.

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