Controversial California Housing Bill Scraps High-Rise Multifamily Provisions
A provision that would force California cities to allow high-rise multifamily developments near public transportation has been removed from Senate Bill 827. The change to the controversial measure comes in advance of a scheduled committee review next week.
The latest version of the bill reduces the minimum heights from eight stories to five for projects within a quarter mile of transit hubs, and from five stories to four further away from hubs. The bill also would require an affordable housing component for many projects, including in cities without current rules in place.
The bill’s author, Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, noted the bill had triggered a robust and passionate discussion about housing in California. “We have worked with both supporters and opponents on these amendments, and we will continue to work with anyone committed to solving our housing shortage as we move through the legislative process,” he said.
The bill is envisioned to transform California cities and suburbs and cut driving commutes, though provisions that override single-family zoning rules have been criticized for the potential to displace low-income renters.
Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services.
In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company.
In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix.
Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator.
Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.
Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.
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