Bipartisan group of lawmakers urges support for trio of housing bills
In a concise look at Senate Bills 1161 and 1163 and House Bill 2536, this article provides bullet points on the salient facets of each. To recap, SB 1161 would mandate by-right building of low-income housing in commercial, multifamily or mixed-use zones within half a mile of light rail or streetcar stops in cities with more than 525,000 residents. SB 1163 would soften restrictions on lot sizes and density and allow duplexes and triplexes in cities of 30,000 or more people. HB 2536 would require cities to allow accessory dwelling units and single-room occupancy rentals, speed up permitting and prevent them from enacting restrictive zoning requirements. The article also explains that housing reform has a better chance of passing if it’s split into three separate bills, and by including affordable housing, it got more support from Democrats.