Sweeping bill to address Arizona’s housing crisis shot down
SB 1117, which aimed to help alleviate the housing crisis, was denied by Arizona’s senate on a vote of 9-20. It would’ve boosted the state’s housing supply—which is deficient by 270,000 units—by disallowing cities’ exclusionary zoning laws, speeding up review and approvals, allowing more housing on smaller lots, and more. The League of Cities and Towns and its 91 members were vehemently opposed, predictably. Critics argued for a bill that would mandate affordable housing instead of market rate, but Arizona Multifamily Association President and CEO Courtney Gilstrap LeVinus reiterated the need for eliminating exclusionary zoning and building at all price points. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Steve Kaiser, will try for a second vote.