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RSG’s Legislative Bill Spotlight!

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In this installment of RSG’s legislative bill spotlight, we take a look at the current state of three important bills:  SB 50, AB 11 & SB 5.

SB 50 (Wiener; Planning and Zoning: Housing Development Incentives) – The bill that seeks to allow for more housing development near jobs and transit rich areas, has become a two-year bill and will not come up for vote again until at least January 2020.  The proposed reduction in local zoning standards has created a clear division between supporters who feel overruling local zoning ordinances is a necessity to address the housing crisis and opponents, who feel neighborhoods would suffer at the increased density, mitigating any benefit more housing might have.  Recognizing the complexity of the matter and the division of support, the Senate Appropriations Committee decided in late May to place the proposal on hold.  The bill’s author, Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco), has asserted his plan to continue drumming up support for the bill to help move it forward.

AB 11 (Chiu; Community Redevelopment Law of 2019) – This bill would result in more funding for various programs acquired through tax increment financing obtained from city and county created agencies.  While AB 11 is reminiscent of the approach to use of tax increment financing before the dissolution of redevelopment agencies, it places a present-day emphasis on balanced growth, including affordable housing.  In late April of this year the bill was passed through the Assembly Committee on local government but re-referred to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, resulting in it becoming a two-year bill.

SB 5 (Beall/McGuire; Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Program) – This bill would create an Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Committee for cities, counties and joint power authorities to apply to receive funding to be used for projects in which they are financially committed to.  As of June 17th, the bill has been re-referred to the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development.  With AB 11 and SB 5 focusing on the allocation of funds specifically to build affordable housing, the cessation of AB 11 has left SB 5 the crowd favorite of those in support of securing ongoing funding for affordable housing efforts.