It's beginning to look like builder's remedy—which allows affordable housing developers to bypass local zoning authorities—will become effective this month in dozens of cities across California.

In what may be a microcosm of the statewide response, only 30 out of 109 Bay Area cities and counties adopted "housing element" plans in time for the Jan. 31 state deadline to spell out their housing growth plans for the next eight years, according to a report in SiliconValley.com.

Perhaps even more ominous, in terms of the zoning reckoning to come—and what is likely to be a tsunami of litigation to follow—only four of the plans submitted to date have been approved by California's Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

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