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Sample Support Letter – AB 464 (Mullin)

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(Date)

Senator Caballero

Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 5052
Sacramento, CA 95814

Re:      Support for SB 6 (Caballero), The Neighborhood Homes Act

Dear Senator Caballero,

(Your organization) is pleased to write in support of SB 6, the Neighborhood Homes Act.  California is facing an extreme housing affordability and supply crisis, and SB 6 allows residential development on commercially zoned retail and office spaces and state achieve its housing goals.  (Describe your organization and why it cares about these issues)

According to a 2015 report by the State’s Legislative Analyst’s Office, California’s High Housing Costs, “building less housing than people demand drives high housing costs” and California needed to have built substantially more new housing—in the range of 70,000 to 110,000 additional units each year.[1] Senate Bill 6 allows jurisdictions to meet their housing goals in a thoughtful manner that supports local control and without displacement. This bill potentially opens up thousands of square miles of commercial-only-zoned land in California for development of new market and affordable housing units.

SB 6 could also ease gentrification pressures in our central cities by allowing housing as a use in specifically vacant and underutilized strip malls.  These commercial sites are also frequently near transit and have been developed thereby also easing some environmental concerns.  Housing development on large commercial sites, such as office parks, is the most environmentally responsible approach, putting housing literally next to jobs. Lastly, housing development at the locations of the growing number of closed up shopping malls due to national retail economic restructuring will provide economic revitalization.

The premise of SB 6 is also popular among state voters. A January 2021 California statewide poll by David Binder Research for Build Affordable Housing CA revealed that when asked about potential new state legislation that would allow new housing development in all areas of California where current local zoning rules only allow commercial development, like office parks and shopping malls, 61% of voters polled supported this.[2]

If you have any questions about our support, please feel free to contact (your name) at (your contact info).

Sincerely,

(Your Name)

(Your Title)

(Your Organization)

If you have any questions about our support, please feel free to contact (your name) at (your contact info).

The premise when asked about potential new state legislation that would allow new housing development in all areas of California where current local zoning rules only allow commercial development, like office parks and shopping malls, 61% of voters polled supported this.[3]

If you have any questions about our support, please feel free to contact (your name) at (your contact info).

 

[1]Mac Taylor. “California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences.” Legislative Analyst’s Office. March 17, 2015. Retrieved from https://lao.ca.gov/reports/2015/finance/housing-costs/housing-costs.pdf

[2] David Binder Research (January 27-31, 2021) California Voter Survey. Sample Size: 600, Margin of Error: ± 4.0% overall [BAFCA]

[3] David Binder Research (January 27-31, 2021) California Voter Survey. Sample Size: 600, Margin of Error: ± 4.0% overall [BAFCA]