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Webinar Replay: 38th Annual Real Property Spring Conference: Litigation Under the Housing Accountability Act: Zen and the Art of Objective Standards

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July 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm 1:15 pm

1.25 Hour MCLE. You must register in advance to participate. This webinar replay is part of the $20 Tuesdays Series

In 2017 and 2018, the Legislature added teeth to the Housing Accountability Act (HAA), a previously little-known statute that, thanks to recent amendments, has now roared into life. In strengthening the HAA, the Legislature’s stated intent is to curb the ability of local governments to deny housing, whether affordable or market rate. The HAA has become a litigation favorite of developers and “Yes in My Backyard” (YIMBY) groups seeking to challenge cites’ and counties’ denial of or reduction in density of housing development projects throughout the state. In a nutshell, the HAA makes it difficult for cities and counties to deny or reduce the density of projects that comply with “objective” local standards. This panel will provide an overview of the HAA, and discuss the challenges and strategies involved in litigating under the Act. The panel will focus on the many open questions under the HAA, including the relationship between the HAA and CEQA, and the fundamental question of what constitutes an “objective” local standard. Speakers: Dolores Dalton, Celia Lee, Barbara Kautz.

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