Poll: Majority of LA County residents support duplex law

Survey comes with change in zoning for single-family neighborhoods set to take effect Jan. 1

Los Angeles /
Dec.December 02, 2021 09:47 AM
Poll: Majority of LA County residents support duplex law
Duplexes under construction (iStock)

A majority of Los Angeles County voters support a California law that will allow duplexes in most single-family neighborhoods statewide.

A poll of voters by the L.A. Business Council Institute and L.A. Times found 55 percent of respondents support Senate Bill 9, which will take effect January 1.

The poll found 27 percent of respondents opposed the law and 18 percent said they were undecided.

SB 9 will allow the development of duplexes and in some cases up to four-plexes in most of California’s single-family neighborhoods. Around three-quarters of buildable land in the state is zoned for single-family housing.

There was a significant difference in support between renters and homeowners — 45 percent of homeowners support the measure, which had the approval of 64 percent of renters.

Many opponents contend SB 9 will destroy the character of single-family neighborhoods, while the most prominent argument for the measure is that it will alleviate the state’s housing shortage.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 9 into law in September. Such a “duplex bill” has been in the works for several years but was repeatedly rebuffed in the state legislature.

Whether SB 9 will put a dent in the housing crisis remains up for debate. A University of California, Berkeley study from earlier this year found it would have a “modest but important impact” on housing supply and that it would make economic sense to redevelop just 5.4 percent of single-family lots statewide.

That would make for around 700,000 new homes statewide. L.A. County alone is short half a million affordable homes.

Newsom also signed Senate Bill 10 into law in September. SB 10 allows city councils to expedite upzoning of single-family properties near transit to allow up to 10 units.

More than two-thirds of respondents to the poll supported the measure and only 13 percent opposed it. 19 percent said they were undecided.

[LAT] — Dennis Lynch 





    Related Articles

    arrow_forward_ios
    Long Beach, California (Getty)
    Long Beach explores tax-exempt bonds for “workforce housing”
    Long Beach explores tax-exempt bonds for “workforce housing”
    A rendering of 10130-10136 Adella Avenue and Newport Ventures’ Dave Mossman and Kemp Bros. Construction's Greg Solaas (LinkedIn, Kemp Bros., CBRE)
    South Gate lot entitled for 78 resi units up for sale
    South Gate lot entitled for 78 resi units up for sale
    The Allure apartments complex at 3099 W Chapman Ave in Orange, CA (LoopNet, iStock)
    Workforce housing deal goes upscale on price per unit
    Workforce housing deal goes upscale on price per unit
    (iStock)
    State to put $2B toward inner-city residential development
    State to put $2B toward inner-city residential development
    U.S. Vets plans affordable apartments for veterans in San Bernardino at 1351 N. E Street (Google Maps)
    U.S. Vets plans affordable apartments in San Bernardino
    U.S. Vets plans affordable apartments in San Bernardino
    Neil Shekhter, WS Communities CEO Scott Walter and 1550 Lincoln Boulevard
    Shekhter’s WSC gets $125M loan for LA resi developments
    Shekhter’s WSC gets $125M loan for LA resi developments
    Rendering of a five-story apartment complex at 1450 S. Orange Grove Ave. in Los Angeles (Zillow.com)
    Apartments proposed in place of vintage triplex in Mid-City
    Apartments proposed in place of vintage triplex in Mid-City
    LINC Housing eyes latest affordable housing complex in Willowbrook
    LINC Housing eyes third affordable housing complex in Willowbrook
    LINC Housing eyes third affordable housing complex in Willowbrook
    arrow_forward_ios

    The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

    Loading...