CEQA reform: Bills take on barriers to new housing

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To help address California’s ongoing housing shortage,  lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have turned their attention to the California Environmental Quality Act.

While the landmark land-use law is intended to protect the environment, CEQA often hinders the development of housing. CEQA also has become a favorite tool of no-growth advocates, who  frequently file lawsuits under CEQA simply to delay or stop housing projects.

Sen. Steven Glazer

A pair of bills by Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, would help protect housing projects from such  frivolous legal challenges.

Under Glazer’s SB 1340, courts would have 270 days to …

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