Governor Hobbs expected to sign or veto housing bills

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Governor Katie Hobbs is set to make a critical decision on several housing bills tomorrow. One significant bill anticipated to be signed involves accessory dwelling units (ADUs), which include small, self-contained housing units like casitas.

On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, the Arizona Senate approved amended versions of housing bills that could significantly impact urban planning. These bills mandate that cities with populations of at least 75,000 must permit the construction of accessory dwelling units and “middle housing” options. Options such as duplexes, triplexes, and townhomes, on lots currently zoned for single-family homes. The aim is to address housing shortages and promote more diverse and affordable housing options in growing urban areas.

The proposed legislation expects to facilitate increased housing density, offering more flexibility for homeowners and potentially easing housing affordability issues in densely populated cities.

Governor Hobbs’ decision on these bills will be closely watched, as it will shape the future of urban housing policy in the state.

Jeremy Duda, a reporter for Axios Phoenix, joined Arizona Horizon to provide more details about the housing bills.

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