TP Garcetti DC 04.2016The Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter is actively engaged at many different levels of advocacy, providing valuable leadership on public policy issues that promote building and revitalizing neighborhoods with safe, healthy, sustainable, and quality rental and ownership housing and measures that assure an adequate supply and range of housing types, sizes, and costs.

Our Government Affairs team provides our members with timely representation and information on the issues to help them stay ahead of industry opponents and better serve their customers.

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Housing Production

The growing lack of available, quality housing has not only led to a severe regulation-induced housing crisis but also a complete lack of price-attainable housing for families. Housing has become expensive because supply outpaces demand. Housing takes longer to bring to market because of excessive regulations. This causes prices to increase as well.  Particularly glaring and troublesome are the number of moderate-income housing units approved.  The City of Los Angeles only entitled a total of 132 units from 2013-2015.  The County of Los Angeles performed even worse – not one single moderate-income unit was approved.

It is clear that our system today is not working to spur the necessary levels of housing production to accommodate our region’s growing needs and help our most-needy and deserving families.  We cannot afford to continue doing the same things and expect different results.  Targets for building new homes are set, and repeatedly not achieved.

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Small Lot Building

Small Lots provide an affordable alternative for working families seeking the benefits of home ownership. Unlike townhomes or condos, small lots occupy unique plots of land, meaning no shared walls and easier financing for both home builders and home buyers. Additionally, owners are able to save considerable amounts on otherwise high homeowner fees. These benefits are critical, particularly as home ownership opportunities become less available throughout many Los Angeles neighborhoods.

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Water Supply

New home construction designs have been leading the way on environmental efficiencies for the past 30 years, especially when it comes to water conservation. Builders in California are part of the drought solution, not contributors of the water shortage. Today’s new homes in California not only represent the most water and energy efficient production of homes than ever before, they are providing jobs and stimulating the economic growth to help bring the state back to a positive economic standing.

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CEQA Reform

The BIA believes CEQA reform is necessary as what was intended to protect the environment and create strong, sustainable communities has become a tool to stall and kill new development and growth in California. The end result of the abuse of CEQA litigation is more expensive housing. The high cost of fighting frivolous anti-development CEQA lawsuits is ultimately paid by the new home buyer. As the CEQA process is abused, it becomes more difficult for our industry to do business in California and meet the growing demand for housing.

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We understand as an industry the need for diversity of housing types but a variety of transportation options to keep our region moving. We work closely with local agencies to advocate for building a variety of housing types near jobs and retail amenities to reduce traffic impacts. The BIA-LAV is focused on creating developer incentives for Transportation Oriented Development (TOD) to help achieve these goals. Encouraging the use of mass transit and building near transit hubs, we’ll reduce carbon emissions and encourage alternative forms of transportation.

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Housing Affordability

Housing affordability is not just an issue facing low-income families. It is a growing problem facing middle-class families in our region. In 2006, 38 percent of middle-class households in California used more than 30 percent of their income to cover rent. Today that number is over 53 percent. Worse for homeowners, over 2/3’s are cost-burdened with their mortgage. The high cost of housing isn’t just a burden on those making monthly payments. It creates a massive drag on the entire economy. The high cost of housing is a direct result of a lack of housing availability as demand greatly outpaces supply year over year, as well as excessive government fees.

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