Cities raise concerns about bill that extends streamlined approval for housing

by Gennady Sheyner
Palo Alto Weekly
Fri, May 12, 2023,

Palo Alto considers joining opposition to Senate Bill 423, which would eliminate sunset date for SB 35.
With California’s legislative season entering a critical juncture, cities are keeping a particularly close eye on Senate Bill 423, a bill that would indefinitely extend an existing law that creates a streamlined approval process for residential projects in cities that fail to meet their housing quotas.

New bill would let California’s attorney general jump into more housing fights 1

By Dustin Gardiner
As cities across California try to avoid complying with new state housing laws, Attorney General Rob Bonta is asking state legislators to give him another tool to rein in scofflaw municipalities.
Bonta’s office is sponsoring a bill that would give the attorney general the unconditional right to wade into any lawsuit filed over a potential violation of state housing law.
The measure, Assembly Bill 1485 by Matt Haney, D-San Francisco, comes as Bonta has increasingly sought to expand the state’s role.

SB4 (Wiener) Planning and zoning: housing development: higher education institutions and religious institutions.    

The Planning and Zoning Law requires each county and city to adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for its physical development, and the development of certain lands outside its boundaries, that includes, among other mandatory elements, a housing element. That law allows a development proponent to submit an application for a development that is subject to a specified streamlined, ministerial approval process not subject to a conditional use permit, if the development satisfies certain objective planning standards.