Author: ft Editorial Staff

Do state housing affordability and density bonus laws supersede the California Coastal Act?

Kalnel Gardens, LLC v. City of Los Angeles Facts: A developer submits a project proposal to the city to demolish an existing single-story building and construct a new three-story, multi-unit residential complex near the coast. Though the project exceeds local density and height restrictions, the city approves it since the project designates units for very low income households — a density bonus permitted by the Housing Accountability Act (HAA), Density Bonus Act and Mello Act, which seek to increase affordable housing in the state. The city also grants the project a coastal development permit under the California Coastal Act,...

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