What is the “Builder’s Remedy” and how can it help with our State’s Housing Crisis?


  • Gustavo Alvarez Urban Action




California has been facing a housing crisis for decades. In an effort to address this pervasive lack of housing, the Housing Accountability Act outlines the "Builder's Remedy," a tool that defines specific requirements that when met, allow developers to bypass local jurisdiction's zoning and procedures. This article analyzes and reviews elements of the Builder's Remedy and its intended future impact. Although it is too early to measure the effects of this tool on the ongoing housing crisis, the "Builder's Remedy" has already added a significant amount of inclusionary housing to the development pipeline, especially in historically exclusionary areas.