California legislation 2017-2018

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We're experimenting with ways to track, present, and discuss legislation, starting with California legislation in the 2017-2018 session that concerns housing and YIMBY issues. This year there has been a banner crop of over 130 housing-related bills introduced. The article so far has this overview table, adapted from the California Economic Summit 2017-18 legislation tracker, and next we'll try out a) auto-creating page stubs for each bill, and b) integrating with other tracking and coverage.

The table below lists all housing-related bills, as assessed by the California Economic Summit 2017-18 legislation tracker and bill tracking of housing advocacy orgs such as SFHAC.

Individual detail pages have been created for these bills: 

  • SB35 - Housing Accountability and Affordability Act 
    streamline the approval of new housing (overriding local control) under certain conditions).
  • SB167 - Housing Accountability Act revision 
  • AB678 - Housing Accountability Act revision 
  • AB71 - eliminate Californial home mortgage interest deduction on second homes
  • AB915 - modify the California State Density Bonus Law, primarily to exempt San Francisco.
  • AB352

 

 

Bill Author Subject: What the bill does Framework category Last amended? Location













SB 2 Atkins Building Homes and Jobs Act.
Imposes a $75 fee on real estate documents for a variety of housing uses
Identify funding 3/20 APPR













SB 3 Beall Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018.
Raises $3 billion through issuance of a General Obligation bond for affordable housing
Identify funding 3/14 GOV & F













SB 35 Wiener Planning and Zoning: affordable housing: streamline.
Provides streamlined approval process to ADUs/multi-family housing developments meeting certain criteria (infill location, subject to enforceable wage requirements, in areas that have not met RHNA targets, etc.) Also requires cities/counties to submit report to HCD with numbers of housing units that have completed construction.
Reg streamlining 3/9 GOV & F













SB 166 Skinner Residential density and affordability.
Restricts the ability of cities and counties to reduce density on projects, requiring local governments to maintain a housing element that is always sufficient to meet its RHNA allocation--and by requiring, as a condition of down-zoning any project that a local government identify capacity on another site for the lost number of units.
Local planning 3/1 GOV & F













SB 277 Bradford Land use: Zoning regulations
The "Palmer Fix," codifies the ability of local governments to adopt inclusionary housing ordinances requiring residential developers to set aside a certain percentage of their units for affordable housing.
Local planning
T&H













SB 307 Nguyen Postsecondary education: student housing insecurity and homelessness.
Requires the LAO to student extent, causes, and effects of homeless insecurity on students at CCs, CSUs, and UCs. Intent language to enact legislation to create a task force to implement housing insecurity framework.
Other
RLS













SB 429 Stone Manufactured housing: park model homes.
Authorizes licenses dealers to offer park model homes (i.e. "relocatable hard-sided structure") as well as, under existing law, manufactured homes, mobile homes, etc.
Other
T&H













SB 431 Bates Planning and zoning: housing: accessory dwelling units.
Authorizes building inspectors to waive certain requirements for five years to allow owners of unpermitted or nonconforming accessory dwelling units to bring those accessory dwelling units into conformance with applicable state and local laws.
Reg streamlining 3/20 RLS













SB 445 Gaines California Environmental Quality Act: infill development.
Spot bill for further CEQA exemptions for infill development
Reg streamlining
RLS













SB 446 Gaines Housing element.
Spot bill for housing element rules around assessing existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of the community
RHNA
RLS













SB 530 Vidak Employee housing: agricultural employees.
Requires agricultural worker housing to be considered an agricultural land use and prohibits local agencies from requiring a conditional use permit or other discretionary permit/zoning ordinance/etc for that housing that's not required of any other ag use in the same zone.
Reg streamlining
T&H and GOV&FIN













SB 540 Roth Workforce Housing Opportunity Zone.
Allows local governments to establish Workforce Housing Opportunity Zones, where they can conduct one environmental review and adopt a single specific plan for the area. For five years, no compliant development could be denied. Local governments could also impose a specific plan fee within the area. They could also apply to OPR for a no-interest loan to cover costs of the plan
Reg streamlining 3/20 T&H













SB 542 Leyva Manufactured Housing Act of 1980: notice of transfer and release of liability.
Reduces liability for owners of manufactured homes or mobile homes
Reg streamlining
T&H and JUD













SB 612 Mitchell Foster care: transitional housing.
Modifies state rules around transitional housing for foster youth
Program investment
HUMAN S













SB 711 Hill Infrastructure finance: Local-State Sustainable Investment Incentive Program.
Creates a new program that would allow cities, counties, enhanced infrastructure financing districts (EIFDs), and community revitalization and investment authorities (CRAs) to obtain funding of up to $10 million for housing-related infrastructure projects. Procedures would be adopted by the Strategic Growth Council and funds would be distributed through the property tax system.
Production incentives
GOV & F and T&H













ACA 4 Aguiar-Curry Local government financing: affordable housing and public infrastructure: voter approval.
Revises Prop 13 to allow cities/counties to levy a property tax above 1% limit to service bond indebtedness for infrastructure or housing. Lowers the vote threshold for special taxes to 55% if funds are used for infrastructure/affordable housing with special accountability requirements. Also allows cities/counties to levy GO bonds for infra/housing with 55% voter approval.
Production incentives
N/A













AB 1505 Bloom, Chiu, Gloria Land use: Zoning regulations
The "Palmer Fix," codifies the ability of local governments to adopt inclusionary housing ordinances requiring residential developers to set aside a certain percentage of their units for affordable housing.
Local planning
H&CD and L. GOV













AB 30 Caballero Planning and zoning: specific plan: housing.
Authorizes a city or county to designate an “overlay zone” in an infill area with an under-production of housing—and allow affordable housing production by right.
Reg streamlining
L GOV and H&CD













AB 45 Thurmond California School Employee Housing Assistance Grant Program.
$100m for school employee housing
Program investment 2/21 H&CD













AB 53 Steinorth Personal income taxes: deduction: homeownership savings accounts.
$20,000 income tax deduction for new homeownership savings accounts
Program investment
H&CD and REV & TAX













AB 56 Holden Affordable housing: San Gabriel Valley: San Bernardino-Riverside metropolitan area.
Intent bill for redeveloping housing in San Gabriel Valley, San Bernardino-Riverside
Program investment
N/A













AB 71 Chiu Taxes: credits: low-income housing: allocation increase.
Raises $300 million annually for low-income housing tax credits by eliminating mortgage interest deduction on second homes
Identify funding 3/2 REV & TAX













AB 72 Chiu and Santiago Attorney General: enforcement: housing laws.
Appropriates an unstated amount of General Fund revenue to fund increased enforcement of state housing laws by the Attorney General
Enforcement/accountability
N/A













AB 73 Chiu
Cabellero
Bonta
Kalra
Planning and zoning: housing sustainability districts.
Authorizes cities and counties to establish new housing sustainability districts that qualify for streamlined environmental review and receive zoning incentive payments for producing high-density housing near transit.
Reg streamlining
L GOV and NAT RES













AB 74 Chiu, Santiago, Bonta Housing.
New grant program for housing homeless, Medi-Cal recipients, SSI recipients
Program investment
HEALTH













AB 199 Chu Public works: private residential projects.
Require residential projects to pay prevailing wages
Other
APPR













AB 236 Maienschein Santiago CalWORKS: housing assistance
Increases state homeless assistance for temporary shelter to max of $145/day
Program investment
APPR













AB 256 Steinorth Land use: housing
Spot bill on state goals for making housing available and affordable for all Californians.
Other
N/A













AB 257 Steinorth Housing: building standards: violations.
Spot bill.
Other
N/A













AB 291 Chiu Housing: immigration
Prohibits landlord from causing a tenant or occupant to quit involuntarily or bring an action to recover possession on basis of immigration status
Anti-discrimination 3/15 Judiciary













AB 346 Daly Redevelopment: housing successor: Low and Moderate Income Housing Asset Fund
Authorizes redevelopment agency successor to use funds remaining on homelessness services, transitional housing, or emergency housing
Program investment
H&CD and L. GOV













AB 352 Santiago State Housing Law: efficiency units.
Prohibits local govts from establishing higher square-footage requirements for efficiency units than those outlined in International Building Code and from limiting # of units below an unspecific amount near public transit and university campuses.
Local planning
H&CD and L. GOV













AB 354 Calderon Rental housing.
Intent bill to address impacts of large-scale buy-to-rent investors
Other
N/A













AB 565 Bloom Building standards: alternative building regulations: artists’ housing.
Requires local govts to adopt regs with provisions for artist housing
Local planning
H&CD













AB 571 Eduardo Garcia Income taxes: insurance tax: credits: low-income housing: farmworker housing assistance.
Expands definition of farmworker housing (to any housing where at least 50% of residents are farmworkeres). Also adjusts tax credit receipts amounts for this housing.
Program investment
H&CD and REV&TAX













AB 663 Bloom Coastal resources: housing.
Expands Coastal Commission's housing responsibilities - amending the act to require housing opportunities for persons of low and moderate income to be protected, encouraged, and provided (where feasible). Also repeals provision that specified coastal programs weren't required to include housing policies/programs.
Local planning
NAT RES and H&CD













AB 678 Bocanegra Housing Accountability Act.
Strengthens the Housing Accountability Act in various ways, including prohibition on local actions that make projects "infeasible"
Enforcement/accountability
H&CD and L. GOV













AB 682 Caballero Multifamily housing program.
Seeks in unspecified ways to revise supportive housing provisions of Multifamily Housing Program
Program investment
N/A













AB 686 Santiago Housing discrimination: affirmatively further fair housing.
Seeks to change state Fair Housing rules to require agencies to "affirmatively further" fair housing--defined as taking "meaningful actions" to overcome segregation patterns, promote fair choices, foster inclusive communities, and transform areas of poverty into areas of opportunity. Jurisdictions that fail to do so will be considered in violation of the Act.
Enforcement/accountability 3/15 H&CD













AB 727 Nazarian Mental Health Services Act: housing assistance.
Clarifies that counties can spend Prop 63 funds on housing assistance
Program investment
HEALTH













AB 824 Lackey Transitional Housing for Homeless Youth Grant Program.
Appropriates $15m to new transitional housing grant program in Office of Emergency Services for distribution to counties participating in existing Homeless Youth and Exploitation Program
Program investment 3/15 HUM. S













AB 829 Chiu Planning and zoning: regional housing needs allocation.
Spot bill outlining plans to adjust RHNA methodology
RHNA
N/A













AB 863 Cervantes Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program.
Requires Strategic Growth Council as it directs cap & trade funds to the AHSC program to seek methods for inclusion of local entrepreneurs in the implementation of land use/housing projects and workforce training and certification of workers hired to work on the projects
Program investment
H&CD













AB 879 Grayson Planning and zoning: housing element.
Seeks to include identificiation of both governmental (as in existing law) and "nongovernmental constraints" in local housing elements, in order to highlight requests to develop housing at lower densities and require local govts to demonstrate how they are seeking to overcome gaps between housing approvals and actual construction
Local planning
H&CD and L. GOV













AB 915 Ting Planning and zoning: housing.
Requires cities, counties with inclusionary housing ordinance to apply the ordinance to the total number of housing units in a development, included any additional units granted (through density bonuses, for example)
Local planning 3/15 H&CD













AB 932 Ting Housing: affordable housing.
Intent language to enact legislation that would increase the supply of affordable housing by changing laws that prevent its growth
Other
N/A













AB 990 Rodriguez Public postsecondary education: California State University: University of California: estimates of off-campus housing costs.
Requires CSUs (and requests UCs) to post information about costs of 1BR apartment near campus
Other
HIGHER ED













AB 1086 Daly Local government: housing.
Intent language to enact legislation that would provide additional funding for parks or other financial incentives to local agencies that meet their share of the regional housing need
Production incentives
N/A













AB 1088 Eggman Multiunit residential housing: energy programs.
Requires the Energy Commission to set a statewide goal by 2030 to reduce energy burdens for the multiunit residential housing market
Other
NAT RES and H&CD













AB 1122 Limon Affordable housing.
Spot bill. Legislation related to housing.
Other
N/A













AB 1137 Maienschein Planning and zoning: housing element.
Spot bill
RHNA
N/A













AB 1157 Mullin Surplus school property: teacher housing.
Intent language to enact legislation that would authorize a school district to use surplus property to build teacher housing without giving first priority to other local public entities for specified purposes.
Local planning
N/A













AB 1193 Gloria Property tax: welfare exemption: low-income housing.
Changes property tax law to adjust eligibility for low-income housing tax credits/welfare exemption, even under circumstances when the resident's income increases
Other
REV & TAX













AB 1203 Gloria Housing: discrimination.
Applies anti-discimination provisions in planning/zoning law to transitional housing, preventing local agencies from imposing different requirements on these developments
Anti-discrimination
H&CD and JUD













AB 1328 Limon Sustainable communities: affordable housing.
Spot bill regarding eligibility for AHSC grants
Program investment
N/A













AB 1350 Friedman Land use: housing element update.
Changes scheduling of updates to RHNA and housing element updates
RHNA
H&CD and L. GOV













AB 1397 Low Local planning: housing element: inventory of land for residential development.
Revises planning & zoning law to require local agencies to prepare inventory of land suitable for residential development to include vacant sites and sites that have realistic and demonstrated potential for redevelopment to meet a portion of the locality’s housing need for a designated income level. Bill would require adequate water, sewer, utility supply be available on these parcels. Bill would require per-unit estimates of housing based on income levels that could go on these sites. Instead of development "potential" (as in existing law), the bill would require methodology demonstrating the identified use wouldn't impede additional residential development.
Local planning
H&CD and L. GOV













AB 1406 Gloria Homeless Youth Advocacy and Housing Program.
Continuous appropriation of $15m for homeless youth grant program within HCD
Program investment
H&CD













AB 1423 Chiu Housing: data.
Intent language to enact legislation that would fund measures to provide for accessible housing-related data
Other
N/A













AB 1445 Reyes Housing needs.
Spot bill with proposal for addressing housing needs allocations for areas without councils of governments
RHNA
N/A













AB 1447 Bonta State Housing Law.
Spot bill related to construction and occupancy standards for buildings "used for human habitation"
Other
N/A













AB 1506 Bloom Residential rent control: Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
Repeals Costa-Hawkins Act limits on the application of rent control
Other
H&CD













AB 1515 Daly Planning and zoning: housing.
Changes standard under the Housing Accountability Act for local agencies to deny projects. Existing law allows local agencise to deny projects that are "inconsistent" with zoning ordinance/gen plan. New standard would require "sufficient evidence that would lead a reasonable person to conclude that the housing development project or emergency shelter is consistent."
Enforcement/accountability
H&CD and L. GOV













AB 1521 Bloom and Chiu Land use: notice of proposed change: assisted housing developments.
Changes rules for changes of ownership of multi-family housing projects with below-market housing
Other
H&CD













AB 1585 Bloom Planning and zoning: affordable housing: single application.
Creates new affordable housing zoning boards in every city/county that could receive single application for conditional use or discretionary permits--and that would have the power to issue those permits after reviewing whether projects comply with local zoning and meet prevailing wage standards. Bill would also require HCD to create a new appeals committee with the power to reverse project denials. (Jurisdictions that built adequate moderate-and-below housing would not be subject to committee oversight.)
Enforcement/accountability
H&CD and L. GOV













AB 1670 Gomez Income taxes: credits: qualified developer: affordable housing.
Spot bill to enact legislation that would provide income and corp income tax credits for the purpose of supplying affordable housing for low and very low income residents through new construction and home rehabilitation.
Production incentives
N/A













AB 1675 Gomez Department of Housing and Community Development.
Spot bill related to HCD and employee housing
Program investment
N/A













AB 1686 Gloria Local government: housing elements.
Extends the length of time for determine regional housing needs from 60 to 75 days.
RHNA
H&CD and L. GOV