Photo courtesy of Bay Area Rapid Transit
If AB 2923 becomes law, BART will gain more zoning authority to add transit oriented development in the Bay Area, such as the Fruitvale Transit Village, a development adjacent to the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland.

A CAA-supported bill that would increase high-density housing near San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit stations has reached the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

The legislation on Tuesday cleared its final legislative hurdle by passing off the Assembly floor.

The bill, AB 2923, would give BART zoning authority on property it owns near transit stations.

The BART board recently passed a plan to fully build out BART-owned land around its stations by 2040, which would add more than 20,000 housing units — at least 7,000 of them designated as affordable.

BART Director Nick Josefowitz, an outspoken proponent of building mixed-use communities on BART surface parking lots, and one of the architects of AB2923, commented, “This is a game-changer, creating the certainty that can attract financing and the best development teams.  AB2923 means more housing at BART in a matter of years, rather than decades.”

With AB 2923, BART would have an important zoning tool to carry out these plans with less …

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