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Inclusionary housing measure passes state assembly

Measure was proposed in response to lawsuit filed by LA developer Geoff Palmer
May 05, 2017 11:30AM

Assemblyman Richard Bloom in 2013 (Credit: Getty)

California developers may soon be required to include low-income housing in every multifamily project they propose, thanks to a state bill that passed the Assembly Thursday.

The proposed legislation, penned by Assemblyman Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, came in response to a 2009 lawsuit filed by L.A. developer Geoff Palmer, who claimed that inclusionary housing policies violated builders’ constitutional rights.

“Given our state’s severe housing crisis it is critical we give our local governments every possible tool to address affordable housing needs,” Bloom told the Los Angeles Times.

Opponents of the legislation argue that it would limit developers’ ability to produce much needed housing stock by raising building costs.

Bloom is also behind a bill that would amend the Ellis Act so that landlords must provide tenants of rent-stabilized units one-year notice prior to eviction. [LAT]Cathaleen Chen