Senate Bill 9

Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) relating to housing development proposals was introduced on December 7, 2020, by 39th district Senator Toni Atkins. SB 9 seeks to combat local control and bypass the City’s housing element by requiring local governments to ministerially approve a housing development containing two residential units in single-family residential zones. Additionally, this measure would require local governments to approve urban lot splitting and creating duplexes in single-family residential zones.   

SB 9 would not spur much-needed housing construction in a manner that supports local flexibility, decision-making, and community input. State-driven ministerial or by- right housing approval processes fail to recognize the extensive public engagement associated with developing and adopting zoning ordinances and housing elements certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).  SB 9 permits four units on a single-family zoned lot and eliminates sufficient onsite parking requirements, creating safety hazards in neighborhoods. 

The proposed bill has already passed the State Senate and the Assembly Committee on Local Government. SB 9 will next be heard by the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development  before being referred to the Assembly Floor.

Below are key takeaways from SB 9:

  • Allows up to four (4) units on previously zoned single-family homes.
  • Requires the City to approve either or both:
    • A housing development of no more than two units (duplex) in a single-family zone. 
    • Allows for a lot split to take place (a single-family lot becoming two lots).
  • Prohibits the City from requiring more than one parking space per unit.
  • Takes away from local control by creating more state mandates in a one-size fits all approach to housing.
  • Fails to recognize the extensive public engagement process associated with developing and adopting zoning ordinances and housing elements.

Before SB 9 & After SB 9

Click here to read the proposed SB 9 

Click here to read the City's Opposition Letter to SB 9

Click here to view an informational PowerPoint on SB 9


Community members are encouraged to share their thoughts with their State Legislators. You can voice your concerns about the impacts SB 9 will have in Laguna Niguel by directly contacting your Legislative Representatives. For your convenience, we have created the list below:

Governor Gavin Newsom

Contact Governor Newsom

Capitol Office:
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160


Senator Toni Atkins

Author of Senate Bill 9

Capitol Office:
State Capitol, Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 651-4039
Fax: (916) 651-4939

San Diego District Office
1350 Front Street, Suite 4061
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: (619) 645-3133
Senator Pat Bates

Contact Senator Pat Bates

Capitol Office:
State Capitol, Room 3063
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 651-4036
Fax: (916) 651-4936

Orange County District Office
24031 El Toro Road, Suite 201A
Laguna Hills, California 92653
Tel: (949) 598-5850
Assembly Member Laurie Davies

Contact Assembly Member Laurie Davies

Capitol Office:
State Capitol, Room 3141
Sacramento, CA 94249
Tel: (916) 319-2073


Orange County District Office
29122 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 111
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Tel: (949) 347-7301


In order to submit a letter to the California Legislature, one must complete a one-time registration on the California Legislature Position Letter Portal. To register, click here: California Legislature Position Letter Portal Registration

Once you are registered you will receive your log-in information and you will be able to sign-in and submit a position letter for any pending legislation. To sign-in click here: California Legislature Position Letter Portal


Template Letters

Letter to Governor Gavin Newsom
Letter to Assembly Committee on Housing & Community Development  Letter to Senator BatesLetter to Assembly Member Davies

Email Template Letters

Email Senate Appropriations Committee
sapr@sen.ca.gov 
Email Senator Atkins
senator.atkins@senate.ca.gov
Email Senator Bates
senator.bates@senate.ca.gov
Email Assembly Member Davies
assemblymember.davies@assembly.ca.gov


SB 9 Community Virtual Education Session

Parcels Subject to Senate Bill 9
SB 9 Map Before