Housing Senate Bills
Senate Bill 2 (SB 2) Housing Planning Grants
In 2017, the Building Homes and Jobs Act (SB 2) established the Planning Grants Program under the authority of HCD. These grants are meant to provide financial assistance to local governments to fund planning or zoning documents in order to streamline housing production to help address the statewide housing crisis. Grants are considered on a first come first served basis. The application period will continue until November 2019 or until all funds are awarded. Awards will be disbursed beginning summer 2019 and the grant performance period grant performance period will extend to June 30, 2022.
Senate Bill 35 (SB 35) Streamlined Housing Approval Process
SB 35 allows developers to submit an application subject to streamlined approval processes in municipalities not meeting Regional Housing Needs Assessments (RHNA). If the development meets all state mandated criteria, localities must approve the project in either 60 days if the development contains less than 150 housing units or 90 days if the development contains more than 150 units of housing.
Cities will submit their housing construction progress to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) every 2 years. If the city fails to meet its RHNA goals at one of these progress checks, streamlining will be in effect for the entire next two-year cycle. SB 35 applies only to the specific income levels not being built for. For example, if a city is building enough market-rate units to meet its RHNA but not enough low-income units, the project can only add low-income units to qualify for quickened approval.
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