Mid-year report: Top housing legislation so far in 2017


In 2017, solving California’s housing crisis remained a top goal of the state Legislature.

The result? More than 130 housing-related bills in the first half of the year.

The California Apartment Association’s Legislative Steering Committee examined each of these proposals —  and CAA’s public affairs staff helped advance the best of them.

Here are some notable examples of 2017 bills intended to solve California’s housing crisis and the status of each:

Making sure communities build their fair share of housing

AB 678 by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-San Fernando, would financially penalize local governments that deny housing permits in violation of state law
Position: Support — Sponsored by CAA
Status: Senate floor awaiting vote
Note: CAA also supports an identical bill in the Senate, SB 167 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. Status: Assembly Rules Committee

Curb ballot box no-growth measures

AB 943 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, would require a ballot measure that is proposed by the voters to curb, delay, or deter growth or development to be approved by 55 percent of the voters instead of a simple majority.
Position: Support — Sponsored by CAA
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee

Fastracking housing construction

SB 35 by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would move housing quicker through the permit process when developers meet certain standards.
Position: Support
Status: Assembly Rules Committee

SB 540 by Richard Roth, D-Riverside, would streamline the approval process to spur housing construction by having cities identify where housing needs to be built and adopting specific, up-front plans and conducting all necessary environmental reviews and public engagement.
Position: Support
Status: Assembly Rules Committee

Boosting housing near public transit

AB 73 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, would incentivize local governments to complete upfront zoning and environmental reviews and rewards them when they permit housing on infill sites around public transportation.
Position: Support
Status: Senate Committee on Governance and Finance

SB 680 by Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, would expand the maximum distance BART is allowed to pursue a transit-oriented development project from one-quarter mile to one-half mile.
Position: Support
Status: Signed by governor

Encouraging micro apartments

AB 352 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, would increase affordable housing by supporting the development of “efficiency units” — often referred to as micro apartment units near universities and public transportation corridors.
Position: Support — Sponsored by CAA
Status: Senate floor

Finding money for affordable housing

SB 2 by Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, would establish a permanent funding source for affordable housing through a $75 fee on recorded documents; it exempts owner-occupied residential real-estate sales.
Position: Support
Status: Assembly Rules Committee

SB 3 by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, seeks to provide $3 billion through a statewide housing bond to fund affordable housing programs in California.
Position: Support
Status: Assembly Rules Committee

Affordable housing for seniors

SB 62 by Sen. Hanna-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, would create the Affordable Senior Housing Program under the Department of Housing and Community Development to guide the development of affordable senior housing dwelling units.
Position: Support
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee

For all bills actively lobbied by CAA this year, click the box below. Note: To access this content, you’ll need to enter your CAA member ID and password.

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