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California Legislation

With more than 20 years of hands-on experience in housing and land use policy, LandWatch is refocusing on housing and climate policy—at both the local level in our review of general plans and development projects, but now also at the state level. We believe we are uniquely positioned to contribute successful strategies to the Legislature’s consideration on housing policy—a top priority for Sacramento in 2021. We’ve learned what works and what doesn’t—to serve as a model for other communities. We also believe we can successfully work with our talented local legislators who hold key committee positions to lead the critical land use changes that science tells us are necessary. To this end, in January 2021, we conveyed the LandWatch Legislative Working Group on Climate and Housing. 

2021-2022

SB 6 (Caballero)

This bill would make more locations available for housing by deeming a housing development project as an allowable use on a neighborhood lot on a parcel within an office or retail commercial area that is not adjacent to an industrial use.

Legislation Proposed: 2021
LW Position: Support with Recommendations
Status: Engaged


SB 9 (Caballero)

This bill would facilitate more housing by allowing two residential units within a single-family residential zone to be considered ministerially, without discretionary review or hearing when specific criteria are met

Legislation Proposed: 2021
LW Position: Support with Recommendations
Status: Engaged


SB 10 (Weiner)

This bill would permit a city or county to rezone transit-rich, jobs-rich, or urban infill areas for up to 10 units regardless of local restrictions such as a local voter initiative; exempt that rezoning action and any action to update the general plan for consistency from CEQA; and bar ministerial approval of residential or mixed-use projects over 10 units in these rezoned areas.

Legislation Proposed: 2021
LW Position: No Position Yet
Status: Engaged


SB 467 (Weiner and Limón)

This bill is the continuation of AB 345 as it would prohibit CalGEM from issuing new or modified oil and gas permits within 2,500 feet from sensitive receptors, starting 2023. SB 467 would also phase out well stimulation treatments (e.g., fracking, steam flooding, etc.).

Legislation Proposed: 2021
LW Position: Support
Status: Engaged

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