CAA’s second-units bill passes initial test in Senate

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A bill that would remove local barriers to adding second units on residential lots passed its first hurdle in the Senate this week.

The Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee on Tuesday approved AB 2299 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, on a 7-0 vote with four abstentions.

Under AB 2299, local governments would have to allow the construction of second units that meet specific standards and are within one-half mile of public transportation.

The bill, sponsored by the California Apartment Association, now heads to the Committee on Governance and Finance.

AB 2299 is one of four CAA-sponsored housing production bills now working their way through the Senate after passing the Assembly this year.

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