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San Diego Tweaks 8-Year Housing Plan To Satisfy State Requirements

Andrew Bowen
A crane towers over the wood framing of an apartment building under construction in Talmadge, May 10, 2021.
The state’s housing department requested changes last month, and the vote confirms the City Council is confident the planning department’s tweaks will be enough to satisfy the request.

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved some minor amendments to the city's eight-year housing plan in an effort to satisfy new requirements under state law.

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The city's housing element lays out where developers can build new housing, and how much of it. Housing elements are required by the state, and cities must update them every eight years to account for new population and job growth forecasts.

But the housing element law, in effect for more than 50 years, has failed to ensure enough housing is actually built. Recent changes to state law have attempted to strengthen the process.

Andy Keatts, assistant editor and senior investigative reporter for Voice of San Diego, joined KPBS Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss the latest changes to San Diego's housing element.

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