By Lisa Halverstadt, Voice of San Diego
State officials are poised to demand San Diego County build a lot more housing. Local leaders are already listing all the reasons it’ll be difficult.
State officials delivered San Diego leaders a tough message last week: You need to permit three times more housing countywide — or else.
Officials from cities across the county didn’t take it well.
At last week’s SANDAG board meeting, local officials got an update on the state’s latest estimate of how much housing production is needed in the coming years.
The early estimate says San Diego County cities will need to give the go-ahead to 171,685 new homes to meet state housing targets between 2021 and 2028. That would mean building more than 21,000 units countywide each year — nearly three times what the region has allowed over the past seven years.