SB 50 amendments
SB 50 will be amended to do all the following:
In counties over 600,000 population:
- SB 50 zoning provisions, with bus stop, coastal, fire hazard, and historic districts modifications below:
- Cities under 50,000: exempt parcels in coastal zone. This will be amended to apply to coastal zone cities under 50,000 will be exempted statewide.
- Restrict bill to infill parcels in coastal zone regardless of jurisdiction size
- Exempt very high fire hazard severity zone. This will be amended to apply statewide.
- Exempt contributing parcels in legislatively-adopted historic districts in existence as of 2010, and density bonus language going forward
- Bus stops: Shorten headways to 10 minutes during peak times to qualify. Clarify that it’s each line going in each direction.
- SB 50 parking (no parking around rail, 0.5 spaces per unit minimum elsewhere)
In counties under 600,000: take portions of SB 4 laid out on next page.
Additional amendments applicable to projects statewide:
- Sensitive communities agreement with affordable housing advocates:
- Include at a minimum those areas: designated high segregation and poverty and low resource in TCAC opportunity maps; top 25% Cal EnviroScreen scores; 2019 HUD qualified census tracts; potentially others
- COGs run a process to identify sensitive communities with minimum requirements for outreach to disadvantaged populations
- Opt-in before July 1, 2025, to planning process based on petition with 20% population in census tract signing and specified outreach requirements
- Changes to ensure offsite affordable housing is actually built: no certificate of occupancy on market rate without building permit and has to be near transit and within a half mile of original project site.
- Technical amendments to clarify how density bonus works.
- Commitment to include inclusionary percentages that are worked out with housing advocates and agreeable to SGF committee.
SB 4 provisions incorporated in SB 50
The below provisions of SB 4 will be incorporated into SB 50. SB 4 will be held in SGF Committee.
In counties 600,000 population or less, modify equitable communities incentive to:
- Grant waiver from density (with minimum of 30 units/acre in urban jurisdictions and 20/units acre in suburban jurisdictions, as defined in existing law), height limits of zoning on the parcel plus one story, and floor area ratio of 0.6 times the # of stories for projects within half-mile around rail/ferry in cities over 50,000
- Creation of fourplexes by right (regardless of jurisdiction population) in residential areas on vacant land and allows conversions of existing structure—but no demolition, as follows:
- 75% of exterior walls must be intact and no more than and +15% increase square footage. Also has to abide by all other local regulations (setbacks, lot coverage, FAR, height, etc).
- Must include SB 35 limitations on eligible parcels.
- This will be amended to be statewide.
- Restrict all above to infill parcels and exempt coastal, historic, fire hazard, floodplains per SB 4. Continue to work with Senate EQ on identifying a definition of “infill” that doesn’t induce sprawl.
- SB 4 parking applies: no parking minimum within ¼ mile of rail in cities over 100,000, 0.5 spaces per unit minimum elsewhere