CSAC Bulletin Article

Housing, Land Use and Transportation 02/17/2012

Transportation

AB 1627 (Dickinson) – Request for Comment
As Introduced on February 9, 2012

AB 1627, by Assembly Member Roger Dickinson, would enact the Healthy Neighborhoods Act of 2012 and would require the California Energy Commission (CEC) to prescribe, by regulation, standards for reducing vehicle miles traveled by occupants of a building that would be applicable to new residential and nonresidential buildings and modification of existing residential and nonresidential buildings. The bill would require the CEC to publish the standards, upon adoption, in the energy conservation manual. The bill would prohibit a local building department from issuing a building permit for a residential or nonresidential building unless the department confirms that the building plan complies with the standards. The bill would authorize a city, county, or city and county to prescribe, by ordinance or resolution, a schedule of fees sufficient to cover the costs incurred in the enforcement of these standards. 

The measure would also prohibit a local building department from issuing a building permit for a residential or nonresidential building unless the department confirms that the building plan complies with the CEC’s building design and construction standards and energy and water conservation design standards for new residential and nonresidential buildings.

CSAC is requesting counties review this measure and provide feedback as soon as is practical. 

AB 1627 is awaiting committee assignment.

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