California's 15 Housing Bills Won't Do Enough

At a new affordable housing project in a low-income neighborhood of San Francisco, Gov. Brown signed the package Friday that places a $4 billion housing bond on the ballot next year, adds a $75 real estate transaction fee, and streamlines permitting.

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October 2, 2017, 7:00 AM PDT

By Irvin Dawid


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"The governor signed the legislation surrounded by lawmakers and advocates at Hunters Viewa $450-million project that is redeveloping what was once crumbling public housing into new homes for 700 low- and middle-income families," reports Liam Dillon from Bayview-Hunters Point on Friday for the Los Angeles Times. "Speakers at the ceremony hailed the package of bills as a sea change in how the state handles housing issues."

Three senate bills, SB 2, 3, and 35, received the most media attention. Other bills signed previously covered by Planetizen:

The remaining eight bills are among the 90 bills signed by Brown from Tuesday through Friday listed by Renee Schiavone of Patch:

  • SB 540 (Roth) streamlines the environmental review process for certain local affordable housing projects.
  • AB 72 (Santiago/Chiu) strengthens the state's ability to enforce laws that require local governments to achieve housing goals.
  • AB 73 (Chiu) gives local governments incentives to create housing on infill sites near public transportation.
  • AB 571 (E. Garcia) makes it easier to develop farmworker housing by easing qualifications for the Farmworker Housing Tax Credit.
  • AB 678 (Bocanegra) increases the standard of proof required for a local government to justify its denial of low- to moderate-income housing development projects. (AB 678 is identical to the aforementioned SB 167, the Housing Accountability Act)
  • AB 879 (Grayson) authorizes a study of local fees charged to new residential developments that will also include a proposal to substantially reduce such fees.
  • AB 1515 (Daly) allows housing projects to be afforded the protections of the Housing Accountability Act if the project is consistent with local planning rules despite local opposition.
  • AB 1521 (Bloom/Chiu) gives experienced housing organizations a first right of refusal to purchase affordable housing developments in order to keep the units affordable.

Hat tip to Gladwyn D' Souza.

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