Housing, Land Use, and Transportation update 1/24/2014
AB 1537 (Levine) – Pending
As introduced January 22, 2014
AB 1537, by Assembly Member Marc Levine, would amend housing element law to allow a subset of counties to move from an “urban” default density of 30 dwelling units per acre under current law, to a “suburban” default density of 20 dwelling units per acre. Default densities are an alternative methodology a jurisdiction can use to demonstrate that it has zoned an adequate amount of land to accommodate its share of lower-income housing development under the Regional Housing Needs Allocation process. This bill would only affect the counties of El Dorado, Placer, Marin, and Yolo.
Specifically, AB 1537 would designate a county with less than 400,000 residents, but which is located in a Metropolitan Statistical Area with population greater than 2,000,000, as suburban for purposes of determining the densities appropriate to accommodate housing for lower income households. The bill would also designate cities within the affected counties that have a population of less than 100,000 as suburban.
The bill must be in print for thirty days before it is heard in committee on or after February 22.