Gov. Jerry Brown signed his final bills on Sunday night, his constitutional deadline to approve or veto legislation in 2018.

Gov. Jerry Brown

In the month leading up to that cut-off, Brown approved a number of bills supported by the California Apartment Association, including legislation to increase California’s housing supply, improve safety at apartment complexes and help tackle homelessness issues.

In the paragraphs below, we summarize the most significant of those proposals and explain why they’re important.

Density bonuses

AB 2372 by Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, will authorize a city or county to establish a procedure by ordinance to grant a developer a floor-area ratio bonus in lieu of a density bonus.
Why it matters: The bill offers a creative, alternative way to increase housing density, particularly near transit corridors.

SB 1227 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, will allow for a density bonus (more housing on the parcel) if the developer agrees to …

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