By Catherine Reagor | Arizona Republic
Controversial Arizona legislation to address the housing shortage and not-in-my-backyard-ism by overriding override most city zoning requirements has been tabled by one of its backers.
House Bill 2674, which also would fund the state’s housing trust fund with $89 million, has been put on hold “indefinitely” so backers can talk to more groups affected by it, according to Rep. César Chávez, D-Phoenix.
He introduced the bipartisan bill with Steve Kaiser, R-Phoenix, last week.
The legislation would create a “by-right” zoning process for apartment and single-family home developments that makes all agricultural, commercial and residential land open for new housing. It has spurred backlash from cities because it would override their zoning processes.