California is the cutting-edge state. Close to bankruptcy, the state’s urban planers are ready to begin the implementation of a truly utopian project: to get Californians to live like Swedes live in Sweden. Like sardines.
New rules in the San Francisco Bay area will no longer allow developers to build communities with fewer than 20 houses per acre. This is five times the present ratio. This means condos and apartments and duplexes. The planners will cut off development outside of existing cities.
Only 3% of houses will be allowed beyond this urban zone in the Bay area. Two-thirds of the housing will be multi-family: duplexes and triplexes and quads, where poor people live today. In a democratic push, these central planners will make sure that middle-class people will live in these units, too.
In Southern California, over half of all new housing will have housing choices limited to transit villages. These will be at least 30 housing units per acre.
Why? Because it takes a village to raise children. It takes lots transit villages to keep them as children.
Over two-thirds of all regional new housing will be in condos and apartments by 2035.
How can this be? The environmental movement, silly.
A law was passed in 2006, the Global Warming Solutions Act, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Then, in 2008, came the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act. This has been interpreted by the land use planning boards as mandating most new development to be close to downtown, to discourage automobile use.
Europe has been doing this for 50 years. There has been a war against suburbia.
People are more easily controlled when they are in well-organized, centrally planned living quarters.
These laws will hike the price of existing single-family properties.To pay for them, ethnic groups that accept three families — “cousins” — living in a single-family home will be able to buy them. Zoning laws do not apply to cousins.
The cost of living for young families will skyrocket. The exodus will continue. People who like homes for one family — no “cousins” — with back yards will move out.
Alternatively, the laws will be repealed, the planning commissions will be disbanded, and the free market in housing will be restored.
Don’t plan on it.