Professor Karen Chapple Weighs In On The New Housing Bill On Forum KQED-FM
Bills Attempt to Reach California Housing Goals Through Accessory Dwelling Units
October 15, 2019
Photo Courtesy: Karen Chapple
Last week Chair and Professor of City & Regional Planning Karen Chapple was invited to speak with Michael Krasny on KQED’s Forum. In this episode of Forum, the group discusses bills that attempt to resolve the California housing crisis through accessory dwelling units. California leaders want to build approximately half a million new homes each year until 2025. While these goals attempt to address the housing issue, it would be unprecedented rates for housing construction. As a result, some legislators think we can reach the goal by allowing homeowners to build accessory dwelling units on their property. This proposal was then followed by state approval of bills that allow construction of backyard units and garage conversions.
Professor Karen Chapple was a proponent for this shift, as she believed that the bills were a win-win situation and, in fact,
“restore the California dream.”
By allowing the accessory dwelling on an individual’s property, Chapple suggests that it will help the housing crisis to a certain degree.
Additionally, another positive of these reforms include the fight against climate change. Chapple states that,
“Distributive density is a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions”
as we have over-built single-family homes and luxury apartments. The introduction of accessory dwelling units would allow for the missing middle that we need to fill in neighborhoods and urban form more diverse.
Furthermore, Chapple addresses other topics that have arisen from the public the bills and housing crisis, such as local government and autonomy, property taxes, and the implications on the property owners and the community.
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