Calif. proposal for denser housing won't move forward

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Posted at 1:45 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 16:45:47-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers won't move forward this year on a plan to build denser housing in some single-family-home neighborhoods and closer to transit stations and jobs.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to make the proposal a two-year bill, meaning action will be delayed until next year.

The legislation was one of the more contentious proposals related to California's housing storage. Backers including tech companies and trade unions have argued allowing more homes around transit stations and loosening other rules could curb California's housing crunch.

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But critics say the measure threatened to change the character of some neighborhoods, worsen traffic and override local decision makers.

State Senator Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco, says he's disappointed by the move.