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Housing Affordability Crisis and
Inequities of Land Use Change in California 

May 2, 2023 
noon to 1 p.m.

Many fast-growing metropolitan regions in the United States have a shortage of housing and face a housing affordability crisis. Researchers have argued that regulatory barriers contribute to housing shortages and recommended that cities change their land-use policies to facilitate multifamily and higher-density development to address the problem. This presentation will focus on cities in the five county Southern California region, which has a shortage of housing for all income groups and a severe shortage of low-income housing. This talk will show that more even distribution of multifamily residential land use is required to equitably address the region’s housing affordability crisis, which could be achieved if the multifamily residential land use within jurisdictions more closely approximated the metropolitan average.

Professor Ajay Garde is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at UC Irvine. Professor Garde’s research focuses on planning and urban design with a particular focus on spatial/physical, environmental, and social problems related to the built environment. Professor Garde studies innovations in urban design, their impact on urban form, and their implications for public policy. Professor Garde’s research addresses the following types of questions:

  • How might the planning and design of built environment contribute to making our cities more sustainable, equitable, and livable?

  • What is the future of urbanism in the post-COVID-19 world?

  • What are the implications of land use change in metropolitan regions in which municipalities compete with each other for tax revenues and Tiebout sorting?

  • What are the regulatory and non-regulatory barriers to affordable housing and how might cities address the need for affordable housing?

In-person seating is limited

Local Government & Community: Partnering for Success


Interested in learning more about local government and how to get involved in politics at the local level? In partnership with Pepperdine University’s Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, C.A.R.’s Center for California Real Estate (CCRE) presents an educational opportunity for C.A.R. members with an opportunity to earn a professional certificate. This series will be offered virtually and is free for C.A.R. members.

Local governments and communities coexist in a unique relationship, that when healthy, can lead to successful partnership and projects. However, it is not always easy to understand how local government works, where the funding comes from, what the major issues are right now, and how you, as a community member, can get involved.


In this dynamic, 6-week online professional certificate program, the Davenport Institute team will guide you through a deep dive into local government basics, funding, the relationship between community and local government, hot button issues, and ways to get involved in your local government and community.

The series will be offered twice in 2023. Sessions will occur weekly:

  • May 9 – June 13 | Tuesdays, 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Oct. 4 – Nov. 8 | Wednesdays, 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Registration is now open for the first series.

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