Oroville Mercury-Register

Newsom abolishes single-family zoning

- By Marisa Kendall mkendall@bayareanew­sgroup.com

In one of his first actions after surviving an election seeking to oust him from office, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday essentiall­y abolished single-family zoning in California — and green-lighted a series of bills intended to bolster the state’s housing production.

By signing Senate Bill 9 into law, Newsom opened the door for the developmen­t of up to four residentia­l units on single-family lots across California. The move follows a growing push by local government­s to allow multi-family dwellings in more residentia­l neighborho­ods. Berkeley voted to eliminate single-family zoning by Dec. 2022, and San Jose is set to consider the issue next month.

While opponents fear such a sweeping change will destroy the character of residentia­l neighborho­ods, supporters hail it as a necessary way

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