Calif. Supreme Court Upholds Local Affordable Housing Laws

By Beth Winegarner (June 15, 2015, 6:28 PM EDT) -- California cities that require developers to include affordable housing in multi-unit projects are not violating the takings clause of the state constitution, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday in the California Building Industry Association's challenge to a San Jose inclusionary housing law.

The ruling validates similar laws currently on the books in 170 cities across California, which many have adopted in response to the state's affordable housing requirements. San Jose requires developers that build or renovate 20 or more housing units to make at least 15 percent of them affordable — or pay an in-lieu fee to the city. The CBIA...

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