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Cities Win Affordable Housing Development Case

Don DeBold, flickr
 

Don DeBold, flickr

The California Supreme Court has rejected a challenge from the California Building Industry Association over an affordable housing ordinance enacted in the City of San Jose. The city had required a certain percentage of new homes be set aside for affordable housing.

Attorney Thomas Brown represented California cities and counties in the case. He says more than 170 local California governments have similar laws.

"And so now this case removes the cloud over the validity of those ordinances," he says. "And it really allows any cities that have been sort of straddling the fence to decide whether it’s in their interest to adopt this kind of approach."

The building association says laws requiring affordable housing punish builders for something that is not their fault. It says the lack of affordable housing is a societal problem that requires a broader solution.