Statewide Mandate for More Small-Scale Density: SB 10
CA State Senator Scott Weiner
California State Senator, 11th Senate District (City of San Francisco)
California State Senator Scott Weiner, representing the state senate district encompassing the City of San Francisco, is a on mission to increase density in sensible, streamlined ways. Going into effect January 1, 2022, Senate Bill 10 incentivizes more small-scale, ‘missing-middle’ density typologies in infill urban locations by allowing higher density in target zones across the state. SB 10 authorizes a local government to adopt an ordinance to zone any parcel for up to 10 units of residential density per parcel. Current laws can prevent local governments from zoning for smaller, less expensive housing, mired in expensive, decades-long legal appeals and litigation, discouraging new housing development. SB 10 provides tools for local governments to zone for up to ten homes per parcel in transit-rich areas, or urban infill sites. SB 10 maintains local control, as a local legislative body must pass a resolution to adopt the plan.