As a Master Homeowners Association, SAMLARC partners with civic and industry organizations to monitor developing legislation that could impact the community. These partners include City of Rancho Santa Margarita, the Community Associations Institute, and SAMLARC Corporate Counsel. All partners seek to balance the complexities of a changing housing market, SAMLARC's role as a Common Interest Development, and State mandates. Earlier this week, California passed SB 9, which will drastically change the housing environment in California. SB 9 threatens the preservation of single-family housing in favor of sheer housing density. In eligible areas, the bill permits the subdivision of single lots into multiple residential lots, as well as construction of Accessory Dwelling Units and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units. Both of these actions threaten a fundamental obligation of homeowners associations: the duty to properly maintain and protect Members' communities throughout changing housing landscapes. The California Senate will soon consider SB 10, which aims to increase future housing at the expense of existing homeowners in planned communities. SB 10 could negatively impact millions of families by straining local HOA infrastructural support, reducing or voiding Community Association governing documents, and increasing cities' zoning power regardless of area history. The full text of the bill is available here.
The State's control over housing in California extends beyond legislation. Cities - like Rancho Santa Margarita - are required by the State to incorporate a Housing Element into their Gen