2020 Position Letters


ASSEMBLY

AB 725 (NEUTRAL IF AMENDED) (WICKS) PROHIBITS MORE THAN 20% ABOVE MODERATE-INCOME HOUSING ZONING TO BE SINGLE FAMILY

After reviewing the January 6 amendments to AB 725, APA continues to have concerns with the bill and must remain opposed unless the bill is amended to narrow its scope as suggested by the committee amendments. The bill as amended would require that at least 50% of a suburban or metropolitan jurisdiction’s share of the regional housing need for above moderate-income housing be allocated to sites within the housing element with zoning that allows as least 2, but no more than 20, units of housing. APA appreciates that your staff and the sponsor provided APA with a chance to review these amendments before they were in print. And, this approach does provide more flexibility than the original version of the bill which would have prohibited more than 20% of above-moderate-income sites from being zoned for
single family units.

SENATE

SB 50 (NEUTRAL AS AMENDED) (WIENER) HOUSING DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES AND REQUIREMENTS

APA has reviewed the January 6, 2020 amendments to SB 50. APA appreciates the revised philosophy and structure of the amendments, which will now provide a new option for cities and counties to submit their own “local flexibility plan” to meet the goals of SB 50: increase density around major transit and job centers; comply with furthering fair housing requirements; reduce VMT.