Reports by Garth Meyer for Easy Reader on a notable departure from an anti-development tradition in the Southern California beach town of Redondo Beach, where a developer proposed development of 2,300 residential units, hotels and offices on a 50-acre site that once housed formerly an AES power station.
The development proposal is made possible by state laws requiring local governments to make accommodations for the construction of allocated housing in the local housing element of the master plan through the process every eight years called Regional Needs Assessment. in housing (RHNA). As Diana Ionescu documented for Planetizen in April 2022, the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has a new mandate to enforce local government requirements to complete a new housing item every eight years, enacted by state law approved in 1969.
Redondo Beach was one of the few cities to clash with HCD regulators by under-planning new housing – a club that includes nearby Los Angeles and santa monica (although Los Angeles has since rectified its position with state regulators). Today, failure of the RHNA test results in the loss of local control over certain land use permits. Redondo Beach is currently discovering the consequences of their inaction.
More details about the proposed development and the state laws that precipitated this historic moment in the development history of Redondo Beach and California can be found in a article by Steven Sharp for Urbanize LA. “Pustilnikov is also pursuing vesting rights under SB 330, which would preserve his ability to develop the property in the event the City of Redondo Beach is able to obtain state certification of its housing element. “, adds Sharp.