SB-166 Residential density and affordability.(2017-2018)
|AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY JULY 03, 2017|
|AMENDED IN SENATE MAY 02, 2017|
|AMENDED IN SENATE APRIL 19, 2017|
|AMENDED IN SENATE MARCH 01, 2017|
CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION
|SENATE BILL||No. 166|
|Introduced by Senator Skinner|
January 23, 2017
An act to amend Section 65863 of the Government Code, relating to land use.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
SB 166, as amended, Skinner. Residential density and affordability.
The Planning and Zoning Law requires a city, county, or city and county to ensure that its housing element inventory, as described, can accommodate its share of the regional housing need throughout the planning period. The law also prohibits a city, county, or city and county from reducing, requiring, or permitting the reduction of the residential density to a lower residential density that is below the density that was utilized by the Department of Housing and Community Development in determining compliance with housing element law, unless the city, county, or city and county makes written findings supported by substantial evidence that the reduction is consistent with the adopted general plan, including the housing element, and that the remaining sites identified in the housing element are adequate to accommodate the jurisdiction’s share of the regional housing need. The city, county, or city and county may reduce the residential density for a parcel if it identifies sufficient sites, as prescribed, so that there is no net loss of residential unit capacity.
This bill, among other things, would prohibit a city, county, or city and county from permitting or causing its inventory of sites identified in the housing element to be insufficient to meet its remaining unmet share of the regional housing need for lower and moderate-income households. The bill also would expand the definition of “lower residential density” if the local jurisdiction has not adopted a housing element for the current planning period or the adopted housing element is not in substantial compliance, as specified. The bill would additionally
apply the requirementrequire a city, county, or city and countyto make specified written findings to a if the city, county, or city and county thatallows development of any parcel with fewer units by income category than identified in the housing element for that parcel, and would add elements to the required findings. parcel. Where the approval of a development project results in fewer units by income category than identified in the housing element for that parcel and the remaining sites in the housing element are not adequate to accommodate the jurisdiction’s share of the regional housing need by income level, the bill would require the jurisdiction within 180 days to identify and make available additional adequate sites. The bill would provide that an action taken by a jurisdiction that creates an obligation to identify or make available additional adequate sites and the action to identify or make available those sites do not constitute the same project for purposes of the would not create an obligation under the California Environmental Quality Act, Act to identify, analyze, or mitigate the environmental impacts of that subsequent action, as specified. By increasing the duties of local agencies, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: majority Appropriation: no Fiscal Committee: yes Local Program:yes