The California Department of Housing and Community Development released an updated list of California cities and counties subject to streamlined ministerial approval process. Under SB 35, which was signed into law in 2017, cities and counties that are not meeting their housing needs must expedite approvals for certain new housing projects in jurisdictions.
Only 24 jurisdictions are not subject to either requirement because they have met their prorated Regional Housing Needs Assessment for very-low-, low- and above-moderate income households.
316 or 59 percent of jurisdictions are subject to the streamlining for proposed developments with at least 10 percent affordability and 199 or 37 percent of jurisdictions are subject to streamlining for proposed developments with at least 50 percent affordability.
The bill grants by-right approval for developments in the affected areas, so long as the development is on an infill site and zoned properly. The bill also limits the authority of a local government to impose parking and inclusionary housing requirements.
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