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Affordable housing development bill passes California Senate

Measure would require local governments to better observe density bonuses for developers that promise affordable housing

August 26, 2016 03:30PM

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Affordable Housing Senate Bill

Assembly member Richard Bloom and state Sen. Ben Allen

Gov. Jerry Brown’s by-right development housing plan may be dead, but it wasn’t the only measure on the table.

The state Senate passed a measure Thursday that would expand incentives for developers to build affordable housing.

If it passes in the Assembly, local governments would be more stringently required to grant housing developers density bonuses if they reserve a portion of the units for low-income residents.

Right now, local governments can stall projects using ambiguities in the law, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) told the L.A. Times. Bloom sponsored the bill, and Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) presented it on his behalf.

Brown’s own by-right affordable housing plan, which would allow developers to build without going through CEQA if their projects include 5 to 20 percent affordable units, failed to gain traction in the Legislature after three months of debate. [LAT]Cathaleen Chen