CSAC Bulletin Article

Housing, Land Use, and Transportation Bills of Interest

May 30, 2019

CSAC is the sponsor of SB 137 (Dodd), which allows the state, regions, cities and counties to reduce the cost of transportation projects and provide for more projects to be completed with the same amount of revenue by expanding the existing Match Exchange Program to include eligibility for larger regions and for local safety and bridge projects. The bill passed out of the Senate last week and is now in the Assembly.

SB 330 (Skinner) makes changes to local approval processes, modifies the Permit Streamlining Act, imposes restrictions on certain types of development standards, and creates separate building standards for occupied substandard buildings. CSAC holds an “oppose unless amended” position on this measure and has objected to the applicability to counties based on rents charged within cities, the bill’s prior limitations on housing-related impact fees, and the creation of new and unclear processes for the review of applications. The bill has passed out of the Senate Floor and is now in the Assembly.

CSAC has outstanding concerns with two bills that passed off of the Assembly floor: AB 1279 (Bloom) and AB 1486 (Ting). CSAC is working to secure specified amendments for both of these bills as they are set for policy committee hearings in the Senate.

SB 50 (Wiener) and AB 1568 (McCarty) —two of the most contentious housing bills of the year—were held in the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees last week and turned into two-year bills.

While these bills will not continue to move in the current legislative session, they will have another opportunity to do so in January 2020. CSAC held “oppose unless amended” positions on both measures.

Letters for SB 50 and AB 1568 are available on the CSAC website.

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