Update on sustainable development and regional planning – September 2021 # 4 | Allen Matkins
Allen Matkins – September 29
On September 28, Governor Newsom signed SB 290, which amends certain provisions of the Density Premium Act (Government Code § 65915). Senator Skinner’s SB 290 essentially replicates 2020’s SB 1085, which passed away, along with several other housing bills, in the Assembly on the last night of the legislative session. In addition to a minor restructuring of Article 65915 of the Government Code, SB 290 provides clarifications and revisions to the Density Bonus Law (DBL). The DBL continues to receive attention and updates in Sacramento as it has proven to be an effective tool for developers and local agencies as they seek to alleviate the affordable housing crisis in California. The revisions to the SB 290 may seem relatively minor, but should open the door to student-focused projects and moderate-income deals where parking was an issue.
Chronicle of San Francisco – September 22
AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit that has been behind unsuccessful statewide rent control initiatives over the past two election cycles, sued last Wednesday to block further California law that could pave the way for more small apartment buildings. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the measure, SB 10, last week as part of a package of “light density” laws aimed at boosting housing production in the state. Starting in January, it will allow cities to dezone certain plots in urban areas, including those located near public transport, for up to 10 units without going through a lengthy environmental review process.
Times of San Diego – September 23
Last Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 1 to provide coastal communities with up to $ 100 million per year to mitigate the impact of sea level rise due to global warming. The legislation, sponsored by Senate Speaker Toni Atkins of San Diego, directs the California Coastal Commission to consider sea level rise in its planning, policies and operations, and would establish the California Sea Level Rise State and Regional Support Collaborative to coordinate efforts. .
Urbanize LA – September 27
The City of Los Angeles Planning Commission amended and approved the DTLA 2040 draft plan, officially an update to the Central City and Central City North community plans, sending the city’s downtown rezoning project to council. municipal for consideration. Under the DTLA 2040 plan, downtown LA would have capacity for over 175,000 new residents and over 100,000 additional jobs. Those numbers, if realized, would concentrate 20 percent of the city’s expected household growth over the next two decades on just 1 percent of its total land area. Several elements of the DTLA 2040 plan are the product of the ongoing effort to re: code LA, the city’s first comprehensive zoning code update in decades. The DTLA 2040 plan serves as a test for strategies and concepts that will eventually be rolled out to other neighborhoods through the community plan update process.
The San Diego Union-Tribune – September 22
Encinitas City Council has passed a broad ordinance on the electrification of buildings which, with few exceptions, will eliminate the installation of natural gas infrastructure on new residential and commercial construction within city limits. The ordinance, which was passed last Wednesday, is similar to other measures adopted by 49 other California communities over the past two years, but most of those municipalities are located in northern California. The Encinitas Ordinance is the most comprehensive ordinance adopted by a community in San Diego County.
Spectrum News – September 28
The Los Angeles County Supervisory Board on Tuesday voted to extend a moratorium on commercial tenant evictions until the end of January, but residential tenants are expected to lose similar protections under state law this week. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who recommended renewing protections for commercial and industrial tenants who couldn’t afford rent, said the county can no longer offer the same deal to residential tenants. The moratorium on state evictions expires on September 30 and is not expected to be renewed.