State releases list of cities for streamlined housing approvals
The California Department of Housing and Community Development on Thursday released the official list of cities that will have their housing approvals streamlined under SB 35, a bill supported by the California Apartment Association and authored last year by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco.
The list, available here, is based on whether cities have met their Regional Housing Needs Assessment goals, the trigger for streamlining applies under SB 35.
Streamlining means that a project that fits within zoning must be approved without any discretionary processes or appeals.
“When 97 percent of cities are failing to meet their housing goals, it’s clear we need to change how we approach housing in California,” Wiener said in a statement. “The good news is that with the passage of SB 35 and other housing reform bills, as well as major funding bills taking effect, we have pivoted toward a Housing First policy.”
Today the state released the list of cities that are behind on their housing goals & that are thus required to streamline housing approvals under my housing bill, SB 35. As it turns out, 97% of CA cities have not met their housing goals. Here’s my nerdy video about this step. pic.twitter.com/wkIeWAL1O0
— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) February 1, 2018