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Bill Loosening Local Government Housing Restrictions Still Alive

Tuesday, June 18, 2019  
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Senate Bill 330 (Skinner) establishes the Housing Crisis Act of 2019. Despite opposition from the League of California Cities and several individual cities, the bill passed out of its house of origin in the Senate and is now slated for hearing in the Assembly.

If enacted, the bill would, for five years, place restrictions on certain types of development standards. It would also amend the Housing Accountability Act and make changes to local approval processes and the Permit Streamlining Act. Under the bill a local agency would be required, upon request of a residential property owner, to delay enforcement of a code violation for five years, or earlier at the discretion of the enforcement agency, if the correction is not necessary to protect health and safety.

Legislative attempts to overcome local building restrictions were dealt a blow earlier this year when Senate Bill 50 failed to move out of the Senate. SB 50 would have required local governments to provide a specified “equitable communities incentive” to developers that construct residential developments in job-rich transit areas. The incentives could include exceptions to zoning and density rules, parking, height restrictions and floor area ratios. That bill also faced opposition from a number of cities, as well as resident organizations.

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