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Housing, Land Use and Transportation End-of-Session Bill Roundup

California’s legislative session came to a close in the early morning hours this week with hundreds of bills now awaiting action by Governor Gavin Newsom. The following provides an update on major bills of interest for the Housing, Land Use and Transportation policy area. CSAC staff will continue to monitor and advocate for County priorities during the signing period, which ends September 30, 2022.

AB 2234 (Rivas) Planning and zoning: housing: postentitlement phase permits.

The bill would impose short plan review timelines for large multi-unit housing developments and mandates local governments to offer a costly electronic permit submission system, but provides no state funding to support this mandate. CSAC has been working this bill since April and despite providing reasonable amendments, the author did not accept these, and we remain opposed. This bill is before the Governor.

SB 897 (Wieckowski) Accessory dwelling units: junior accessory dwelling units.

The bill would make numerous changes to the laws governing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and junior accessory dwelling units (JADUs) in ways that are unclear and difficult to interpret for counties.  CSAC has been engaged on this bill since March 2022, unfortunately the author did not accept our practical amendments to address the bill’s confusing language. CSAC remains opposed and this bill is now before the Governor.

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