Assembly bill seeks to fast-track affordable housing in state’s poorest areas

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Qualified Opportunity Zones in California appear in blue. This map was current as of April 9. Source: U.S. Department of Treasury.

A newly introduced bill would waive environmental-review requirements for certain affordable housing projects in some of California’s poorest communities.

Assemblywoman Anna Caballero

Under AB 3030 by Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, qualifying affordable housing projects in low-income “Opportunity Zones” would be allowed to proceed without review under the California Environmental Quality Act.

The Opportunity Zones are being created in low-income census tracks across the country as part of the federal tax law passed last year.

To promote investment in these zones …

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