Join this chat to understand what happens once the State-mandated housing plans deadlines are up and what can trigger the Builder’s Remedy.

As we approach the January State Housing Element deadline of January 31, it is apparent that many cities around the Bay Area will not have a certified Housing Element—a jurisdiction’s plan to build housing at all income levels updated every 8 years. So, what happens next and how will the Bay Area achieve its goal of building over 400,000 homes by 2031?

We will be looking out for the potential use of a provision known as the “builder’s remedy”, a rarely used legal practice that may accelerate new homebuilding across the Bay Area and California. If cities do not have a certified Housing Element by January 31, 2023, developers will be able to bypass or build outside of existing zoning rules, as long as at least 20% of the units in the proposed housing project are provided at below market rates.

The term is actually a provision in state housing law and part of California’s Housing Accountability Act.

Join Greenbelt Alliance and key housing leaders around the region to discuss the implications of the builder’s remedy and how we can make sure to achieve our housing and climate goals.

* Date and time are subject to change

Speakers (coming soon)

Jordan Grimes, Resilience Manager, Greenbelt Alliance


About the Series

Join Greenbelt Alliance to dive deeper into the five action areas of the Resilience Playbook and start the advocacy and implementation of policies to create a more resilient Bay Area for everyone.

At each webinar, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the recommended policies in specific thematic areas—such as Housing, Nature-Based Solutions, Equity, Wildfire, and Water Resource Management—featured in the Resilience Playbook and connect with experts from around the region to get a look at the on-the-ground work they are doing to put these policies into action.

As part of Greenbelt Alliance’s Future Climate Webinar Series, the Resilience Playbook Series presents informative webinars geared toward elected officials, community members, city/county staff, and others interested in how to incorporate climate-resilient policy and legislation into their General Plans.

The Future Climate is a series of short talks and Q&A with experts and Greenbelt Alliance on adapting to climate change through smart city planning and conservation. Watch past episodes here.

About the Resilience Playbook:

Climate change has presented an opportunity to reimagine our relationship to the natural world and to each other. The Resilience Playbook provides guidance to transform our existing systems through policy and planning recommendations that local decision-makers and community leaders can use to accelerate their adaptation to multiple climate risks, but it is just the beginning. We need to work together to advocate for policies that will leverage natural and working lands as defense mechanisms to absorb floodwaters, sequester carbon, protect water supply, and provide buffers to wildfires. We also need to address critical issues of housing justice, a just transition away from fossil fuels towards green jobs, and environmental justice in order to ensure the outcomes of these policies prioritize the resilience of the most vulnerable communities. Explore more on the Resilience Playbook:

January 31st
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Online Event