AUGUST 9, 2019
A WEEK WITH BIA
ULI HOUSING COUNCIL MEETING
This week, BIA-LAV CEO, Tim Piasky, conducted his inaugural meeting as chair of ULI's Missing Middle Subcommittee. In addition, today, he participated in a robust discussion of potential housing solutions at ULI’s Housing Council meeting. As we know, affordable housing is not affordable and increases in housing production costs push hard-working families and individuals, like teachers and first responders, further from housing affordability.
 
BIA-LAV has been at the forefront of these important housing issues and recently developed the Housing Emergency Response Kit that provides solutions to hurdles facing housing. Learn more here .
ADVOCACY IN ACTION
LA COUNTY PASSES SUSTAINABILITY PLAN
The Los Angeles County " OurCounty” Sustainability Plan " was adopted on Tuesday. The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the motion and will start the implementation process beginning this month and throughout the next several years.

BIA-LAV Director of Government Affairs,  Diana Coronado , testified at the hearing with comments that cautioned against any action that would increase the cost of housing or that would complicate the already cumbersome entitlement process. We are encouraged that the Board motion included a more detailed implementation approach. For more information please email Diana Coronado . Read our full Info Alert here .
LONG BEACH INCLUSIONARY ZONING STAKEHOLDER MEETING
On Tuesday, the City of Long Beach hosted their second Inclusionary Zoning Stakeholder meeting. The invitation-only developer stakeholder focus group was attended by, roughly, 12 builders, architects and real estate professionals. The presentation was the same one that was previously shared at the June 29th workshop. The new information shared were timeline updates; at the end of August, the Planning Commission will hold a study session on inclusionary zoning, and thereafter staff will prepare a draft ordinance.

Unfortunately, the City has still not released their full feasibility study. Without this vital information stakeholders will be unable to understand the data, calculations and methodologies that went into preparing the analysis, recommendations and drafts for a suggested inclusionary policy. BIA-LAV has sent an initial comment letter responding to the limited information that has been released.

TODAY'S TESTIMONIAL
Thank you BIA-LAV for the work you did to get our project completed on time! Scheduling, communication and project management with utilities can be challenging. BIA-LAV’s connections and resources that intercede on our behalf were instrumental in maintaining our delivery schedule. Your advocacy meant our new homeowners closed on time!

-Dave Olsen, VP of Development, WCH Communities 
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HOUSING SPOTLIGHT
Sapphire Dunes is a new development in Lancaster with single family, detached homes. The homes are priced from $329,990 – $374,990 with easy access to Hwy. 14, the Antelope Valley, the San Fernando Valley and Greater Los Angeles. The new homes are near major employers, including Lockheed Martin, Skunk Works® and Northrop Grumman. Additionally, Sapphire Dunes was built by multiple parks and the Lancaster National Soccer Center to encourage a variety of recreation activities. Learn more, here .
NEWSWORTHY
California home builders are pulling back, deflating hopes for housing relief ( LA Times )

Editorial: In the midst of California’s housing crisis, construction slows and lawmakers stall ( LA Times )

One reason housing is so expensive in California? Cities, counties charge developers high fees ( LA Times )
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