PRESS RELEASE: Governor Passes Senator Beall’s Bill to Increase Housing and Protect Open Space in the City of San Jose

September 29, 2020

Sacramento, CA - Senator Beall’s legislation authorizing the City of San Jose to make zoning changes that will increase housing and protect open space, Senate Bill 940 (SB 940), was signed by the Governor today. SB 940 allows the city to proactively increase housing capacity in the urban core and simultaneously protect open space outside of the infill area. This legislation will boost high capacity housing production and mitigate future wildfire risk by reducing urban sprawl and protecting open space — both key steps in addressing our climate and housing crises.

“While the state must move expeditiously to increase housing production in light of the current housing crisis, we need to do so responsibly. Housing capacity should be concentrated within the urban core in order to safeguard critical open space areas like Coyote Valley. This land holds innate beauty and abundant wildlife that must be protected from sprawl to reduce wildfire risk and preserve our natural landscape. The fight to preserve Coyote Valley has been ongoing since the ’60s and was a prominent reason I got into politics as a city planner. SB 940 provides San Jose the flexibility to end the fight and finally designate Coyote Valley once and for all as a place for wildlife and open space, not for development.” Senator Jim Beall

"Our state's housing crisis — as well as the growing importance of open space and resilient landscapes — presents us with a generation-defining moment. Senate Bill 940 allows the City of San Jose to facilitate housing development while protecting valuable open space — both critical to the vitality of our region. I want to thank Senator Beall for his leadership in advancing this legislation, and thank the Governor for signing today. This bill allows us to make good on the early investment that we've made to preserve nearly 1000 acres in Coyote Valley.". Mayor of San Jose Sam Liccardo

Media Contact:
Andrea Bonilla 
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