What is Builder’s Remedy?

State law via the Housing Accountability Act (HAA) has a provision informally known as the 'builder's remedy' that provides that a local agency shall not disapprove a housing development project as defined within the Act, or condition it in a manner that renders it infeasible. The option for 'builder's remedy' only exists while the jurisdiction is not in compliance with State law (i.e. a housing element that is not certified by the State). The project proposed as the builder's remedy must meet certain criteria - such as the provision of housing for very-low, low-, or moderate-income households, or an emergency shelter. Such projects are subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). 

In order for a project to qualify for the builder's remedy, the development must be either 20% affordable to low-income categories, or 100-percent affordable to moderate income categories. Such projects are defined as residential units only; or mixed use developments with at least 2/3rds designed for residential use; or transitional or supportive housing. 

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1. What Are the Components of a Housing Element?
2. How is a Jurisdiction's Housing Need Determined?
3. What are "zone changes"?
4. What is the Town of Atherton's RHNA Allocation for 2023-31?
5. Who came up with the number of units the Town must produce?
6. What is Builder’s Remedy?
7. What is the status of Builder’s Remedy proposals in Atherton?
8. What about Environmental Review?