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Assemblymember David Alvarez Introduces Assembly Bill 2560 to Expand Coastal Housing Access in California

For immediate release:
Press Conference AB 2560

(Sacramento) Last week, Assemblymember David Alvarez (D-San Diego) introduced Assembly Bill 2560 to eliminate the exemption of the Coastal Zone from the state's Housing Density Bonus Law.


AB 2560 eliminates the provision that currently prevents the application of the Density Bonus Law within the Coastal Zone. This aims to enable areas already zoned for housing to construct additional units in exchange for reserving a percentage for moderate, low, and very-low income households.


According to the National Association of Home Builders, in the third quarter of 2019, eight out of ten least-affordable major metropolitan areas in the nation were in California, seven of which were along the coast, making median-priced homes unaffordable to fewer than one in four households.


“Wealthier areas along California’s coast need to do their part in building more housing,” said Assemblymember David Alvarez. “This change in the highly successful ‘Density Bonus Law’ will make sure that communities along the coast also build housing for low and middle income Californians. The current law prevents housing along with denying access to California’s coast to the average citizen”


“The State Legislature has passed measures to address the housing crisis, but these laws have excluded coastal communities. However, there is a growing consensus among the Legislature and advocates that this is not fair, as these communities are some of the most expensive and exclusive in the state. The proposed legislation aims to ensure that state Density Bonus Law applies in the Coastal Zone without an arbitrary and uncertain approval process, to facilitate mixed-income housing developments.” Michael Lane, Policy Director, SPUR


“Density bonuses give a proportionate increase to housing in places already zoned for it. But ironically the part of California that needs it most - our heavily segregated coastal zone - has a special exemption. Removing the special exemption for wealthy coastal areas would be the best way to improve housing access in coastal areas already zoned for density, while still protecting our important coastal environmental resources.” William Moore, Policy Counsel, CirculateSD


Assembly Bill 2560 is currently being held in print and cannot be heard for 30 days. It has not been assigned to a committee yet.



The 80th Assembly District includes the communities of Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Sherman Heights, Bonita, Lincoln Acres, Otay Mesa and San Ysidro, along with the cities of Chula Vista, National City and Imperial Beach.