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CSAC Housing, Land Use and Transportation Legislative Update

August 18, 2022

AB 2097 (Friedman) – The bill was amended on August 16, 2022, providing additional enforcement authorities to the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Specifically, this bill would prohibit public agencies from imposing or enforcing parking minimums on developments within ½ mile of public transit. This bill would add a violation of the minimum automobile parking requirements of development projects to the list of laws that, when violated, require HCD to notify the jurisdiction and authorize the Attorney General to bring an action to enforce state law. This bill allows local governments to make certain findings to increase parking spaces when development meets certain eligibility criteria. CSAC is watching this bill.

AB 2653 (Santiago) – This bill would also provide additional enforcement authorities to Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The bill was amended on August 11, 2022, to require the planning agency to additionally include in its annual report the number of all new housing units, the number of housing units demolished, and data from all projects approved to receive a density bonus from the city or county. The bill authorizes HCD to request corrections to the housing element portion of an annual report within 90 days of receipt and require the planning agency to make the requested corrections within 30 days. The bill would also authorize HCD to reject the housing element portion of an annual report if the report is not in substantial compliance with these requirements. The bill would also authorize HCD to notify the jurisdiction and the Attorney General when the planning agency fails to comply with the provisions of this bill. CSAC is watching this bill.

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