Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s actions have netted little in the way of prospects for new housing, let alone provided for the kind of supply increases that might affect affordability. His density bonus program, though, is hailed as a model for other cities.
Critics of density bonus use the false argument that because production under the program has failed to solve the affordability problem in its entirety, the program must not work.
The city of Encinitas has spent years finding ways around a state law that lets developers bypass certain building restrictions if they include affordable housing in their projects. Encinitas is unique in its defiance, according to people throughout the state. While other cities may have issues with the state density bonus law, no other city has tried so hard to evade it.