The Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC) has made a public announcement that it does not support the planned climate targets for the years 2030 and 2045 that were put out by California Governor Gavin Newsom.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC), Jeff Montejano, “Governor Newsom’s recently announced new set of climate goals present a significant threat to the homebuilding industry and collective effort to help the tens of thousands of people who want to buy a home in California.” “While the homebuilding industry is supportive of rules that are fair and practical to safeguard our environment, the new climate targets are unreasonable and cannot be achieved,”
If the proposed new climate targets were to become law, it is estimated that the cost of purchasing a property in the state of California would increase by at least $50,000 as a direct consequence. In addition, opponents of the projects, known as NIMBYs (which stands for “Not In My Backyard”), will utilise the new rules to delay, reject, or stop the construction of urgently needed homes. It will also make it difficult for local municipalities to meet the RHNA housing targets that are mandated by the state, including the overall state goal of 2.5 million new dwellings over the following eight years of the RHNA cycle.
The Greenhouse Gas Emission Goals, Policies, and Plans that Have Been Adopted at the State Level Are Required to Apply to Projects According to the California Environmental Quality Act. In spite of the fact that they are being advocated for housing as far-off aspirational objectives, these rules will become urgent beginning in 2023.
Due to the extremely negative effect that the proposed climate goals will have on the effort to end the housing crisis in California, BIASC strongly urges Governor Newsom to withdraw his current proposal and work with the homebuilding industry in crafting stringent but achievable environmental standards for new development and housing. This is because the proposed climate goals will have an extremely negative effect on the effort to end the housing crisis in California.