California town won't assert exemption to state housing law

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Posted at 8:02 AM, Feb 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-07 12:00:46-05

WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- A California town announced that it will accept applications for increasing housing after being warned against trying to claim an exemption to state law on grounds that the entire community is a mountain lion sanctuary.

The Silicon Valley enclave of Woodside said in a statement late Sunday that applications for development on single-family lots were to be accepted starting Monday.

The announcement came hours after California Attorney General Rob Bonta said that declaring the entire town a mountain lion sanctuary was a transparent attempt to avoid complying with Senate Bill 9.

The law is intended to address California's housing shortage by allowing homeowners to build up to four residential units on a single-family lot.