All four of the California Apartment Association’s housing-supply bills have won the governor’s signature, a victory for property owners, developers and renters.
In light of California’s housing shortage, CAA sponsored the slate of bills in 2016 to encourage the development of new housing and remove local obstacles to construction.
The bills include AB 2299 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica. AB 2299, along with SB 1069 by Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, will make it easier to build second units — also known as in-law units or granny flats, on residential lots. Under the bills, local governments will lose the ability to mandate additional parking for second units when the units are within one-half mile of public transportation or ride-share parking areas.
Other CAA-sponsored housing production bills signed into law include:
AB 2180 (D-Ting) — Building Permit Process — will expedite the building-permit process by shortening the number of days that a local government must take to approve a new housing project.
AB 2584 (D-Daly) — Housing Projects: Denial — authorizes organizations such as CAA to bring legal action against a local government that denies housing projects in violation of state law.
AB 2501 (D-Bloom) — Density Bonuses – AB 2501 will help ensure that developers get sufficient concessions and incentives in exchange for including affordable housing units in their projects. The intent is to make the inclusion of affordable units financially feasible in the new developments.