California will need billions of dollars in new funding for housing and transportation improvements, and to make extraordinary changes to state and local government policies, in order to meet its new 2030 climate change goals, according to new reports from state and regional government officials and UC Berkeley researchers.
A pair of UC Berkeley researchers tried to gauge the impact of different housing development strategies on that state's desire to meet its goal to reduce global warming gas emissions.
The researchers considered city planning that allowed for sprawl, had some in-fill housing and focused planning efforts on increasing density in cities.
The research was funded by the nonpartisan think tank Next 10.
The study found densely developed communities reduced the need to drive and that put fewer greenhouse gasses into the air.
Encouraging new housing development of vacant or under-used properties would spur economic growth, reduce monthly household costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions and help California meets its climate goals, according to a report released today.
The “Right Type, Right Place” report was commissioned by Next 10 with research conducted by the Terner Center for Housing Innovation and the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment at UC Berkeley.
California could go a long way to meeting its environmental goals in greenhouse gases — and see greater economic growth — by building more infill housing by 2030.
They say the real estate agent’s mantra is “location, location, location.” And when it comes to crafting smart housing policy, location is key, as well.
As California legislators consider more than 130 bills designed to tackle the state’s housing crisis, they should consider ways to encourage infill housing — compact housing in already urbanized land near transit, jobs, and services.