Housing, Land Use and Transportation Signed and Vetoed Bill Summary
AB 1804 (Berman) CEQA Infill Exemption: Support – Signed. Provides an exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act for qualifying multifamily housing projects located in unincorporated areas until 2025. The exemption created by AB 1804 will help counties expedite multifamily housing projects located in neighborhoods ranging from unincorporated islands in major metropolitan areas to rural downtowns in many smaller counties. CSAC strongly supported the bill and worked with RCRC and UCC to negotiate amendments, ensure the bill’s passage, and request the Governor’s signature.
AB 2219 (Ting) Third Party Rent Payments: Support – Signed. Allows third party rent payments, subject to various conditions. CSAC supported the bill and requested a signature, as it should help facilitate county or non-profit programs to “buy-down” rents for people at risk of losing their housing or as part of a rapid rehousing strategy.
AB 2598 (Quirk) Code Enforcement: Support – Signed. Facilitates compliance with city or county ordinances by increasing penalties for violations, especially in the cases of recurring violations or commercial properties where illegal dumping or other unauthorized uses have occurred. CSAC requested the Governor’s signature to support local code enforcement efforts.
AB 2923 (Chiu and Grayson) BART Transit Oriented Development: Oppose – Signed. Creates a complex land use planning process that has the effect of ceding local government planning and zoning authority to the Bay Area Rapid Transit District for specified properties. While the county-adopted land use plans for each unincorporated transit station area affected by the bill already accommodate transit-oriented infill growth, CSAC objected to the precedent that AB 2923 creates and requested a veto.
Signing and veto request letters to the Governor can be found on the CSAC legislative tracking website.