California Bills Could Increase Affordable Housing, Streamline Development in Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif .– The housing crisis in Lake Tahoe communities could see some relief following new bills passed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week that would allow more duplexes in areas that were once offered for single-family homes. In addition, the bills will streamline housing development, which would significantly speed up construction.

The decision now rests with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to determine how this new legislation fits into building policies for Californian communities in the basin.

“We know that updating some Tahoe density standards can really help with ‘missing’ labor and housing as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jeff Cowen, manager. public information from the TRPA.



The two bills passed that may impact Tahoe’s housing crisis include Senate Bill 9, which allows for the construction of four to six unit housing projects where it would normally be a single unit family lot and SB 10, which would streamline construction by letting cities pass ordinances. up to 10 units on a plot.

Tahoe Prosperity Center CEO Heidi Hill Drum said she has been championing downtown development since the approval of the updated regional plan in 2018, which originally encouraged downtown development.



The house above is in Colorado and is built on what is normally a single unit plot, but they are actually two separate houses given on US Forest Service land. The concept is currently under discussion for adoption in the California communities of Lake Tahoe.

“I don’t know how automatic it will be in the pelvis because of the APTR,” Drum said. “But I wish it were. I think this is a step in the right direction. Housing is a crisis. Obviously, any attempt to rationalize housing development and increase density in city centers is good for the environment and the community. If we are able to build these duplexes in urban areas, it would leave less need to build in areas that have yet to be developed.

Drum has been working to resolve Tahoe’s housing crisis for some time, and if TRPA can determine how these bills fit into the basin, it could mean more room for locals and middle-income PMQs.

“I hope we will focus our future residential development allocations on the type of housing we need the most, which is affordable for the ‘middle-missing’ range of housing,” said Drum. “We clearly don’t need more luxury vacation condo developments, which would be multi-family in some cases. “

The ‘missing medium’ refers to working-class and middle-class residents who have started to be evicted from basin communities as landlords convert their properties into short-term rentals, and the number of second homes and transplants. from the Bay Area which drove up the market price.

“APTR and our local government jurisdictions should do everything in their power to encourage housing allowances to go to the type of housing that our community needs the most,” Drum said.

Bernard P. Love