California ends single-family-only zoning in bid to bolster housing

After handily surviving a recall election attempt last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a package of housing bills on September 16 intended to combat the state’s dire housing crisis. One of the biggest changes included is the (near) elimination of single-family-only zoning, and the option to build duplexes and quadplexes on those plots.

The signing of SB 8, SB 9, and S10 collectively streamlines the approvals process for building new housing as well as promotes development of denser projects along key transit corridors.

“The housing affordability crisis is undermining the California Dream for families across the state, and threatens our long-term growth and prosperity,” said Newsom during

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