Terner Center and ABAG Present: Best Practices to Implement SB 9 and Missing Middle Housing in the Bay Area

Senate Bill (SB) 9, one of California's most sweeping zoning reform bills, became law on January 1, 2022. By allowing single-family owners to create up to four housing units on their property, the law effectively ends single-family-only zoning throughout the state. A 2021 Terner Center analysis of this bill estimates that it may enable over 700,000 new market feasible homes throughout the state. While the bill's reach is significant, it is unclear how its implementation will play out at the local level.  

How are cities, property owners, and developers responding to SB 9? What can we learn from the initial half-year of implementation? How can cities use the impetus of SB 9 and missing middle housing to create more equitable, affordable, and resilient neighborhoods? These panel presentations discussed effective strategies for creating small-scale housing development that advances equity goals.

Panels included:

Click on each panel title above to load the video, or download the full event below. Video time codes for each panel:

  • Introduction by ABAG Board President and Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín (starts 5:44)
  • Making It Feasible: Innovative Zoning and Land Use Approaches from the Bay Area and Beyond (starts 9:58).
  • Making It Easy: New Ideas for Improving Planning Processes (starts 1:14:47).
  • Making It Count: Strategies to Receive Credit for Missing Middle Housing for Housing Element Submissions (starts 2:12:45).