CalChamber-Backed Bills to Ease Housing Crisis Go to Governor

Several bills supported by the California Chamber of Commerce to encourage local governments to approve new housing projects passed the Legislature on the last day of the session and are on their way to the Governor.

The bills either hold local governments accountable for meeting the housing elements of their plans or aim to combat the “not in my backyard” (NIMBY) resistance that can stall needed housing projects.

Now awaiting action by the Governor are:

AB 678 (Bocanegra; D-Pacoima): Promotes Local Agencies’ Compliance with the Housing Accountability Act. The bill seeks to ensure that local agencies comply with the provisions of the Act by requiring a local agency to make relevant findings if it denies a project, clarifying provisions of the Act, and imposing penalties on agencies that violate the Act.

AB 1515 (Daly; D-Anaheim): Stimulates Additional Housing Production. AB 1515 encourages housing project approvals by specifying that a housing development is deemed consistent with local plans and ordinances if there is substantial evidence such that a reasonable person could conclude that the project is consistent.

SB 167 (Skinner; D-Berkeley): Accountability of Local Agencies for Housing Development Project Decisions. The bill promotes accountability for decisions and approval of projects by imposing additional requirements on local agencies when disapproving or conditionally approving a project, and imposing penalties for violation of the Act.

Action Needed

The CalChamber is encouraging members to contact the Governor and ask him to sign AB 678, AB 1515 and SB 167.

Staff Contact: Louinda V. Lacey

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Louinda Lacey
Louinda V. Lacey joined the CalChamber in January 2017 as a policy advocate specializing in environmental policy, housing and land use, and product regulation issues. She previously provided regulatory compliance advice and enforcement defense services to businesses and individuals with a focus on environmental laws and regulations at her own Sacramento-based law firm. She holds a B.S. in business administration and an M.B.A. in finance from California State University, Sacramento. She earned her J.D. with great distinction from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, with a Certificate in Environmental Law, graduating as valedictorian of the evening division class.