Affordable housing development bill passes California Senate

Assembly member Richard Bloom and state Sen. Ben Allen
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.

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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