July 3 Update: CA 2011-12 Legislative Session Overview
Policy in Motion is tracking a handful of bills introduced this session pertaining to the integration of land use, transportation, housing affordability, and health within the context of sustainable community development in California. Below are summaries and links to legislative analyses for 21 relevant bills:
2011 Legislative Summaries—Updated July 3, 2011
AB 147 (Dickinson)—Subdivision Map Act
- Expands the existing eligible uses for transportation mitigation impact fees to transit, bike and pedestrian facilities.
- AB 147 Leg Info Bill Text (Amended in Senate May 31)
- AB 147 Leg Info Bill Analysis (Senate Floor, June 16)
- AB 147 Leg Info Bill Analysis (Senate Committee June 2)
- AB 147 Leg Info Bill Analysis (Assembly Floor; May 4)
- StatusJune 9: Read second time in Senate Governance and Finance Committee. Ordered to third reading.
AB 343 (Atkins) — Community Redevelopment Act
- Redevelopment Plans and subsequent projects to be in alignment with climate, air quality and energy conservation goals of Chapter 728 of the Statutes of 2008.
- AB 343 Leg Info Bill Text(Amended June 14)
- AB 343 Leg Info Bill Analysis (Assembly Committee May 18 )
- Status June 23: In committee, seconding hearing canceled at request of author.
AB 345 (Atkins) – Caltrans to consult with bike/pedestrian reps on traffic control devices.
- Caltrans to convene an advisory committee of representatives from groups representing bicycle and pedestrian users of streets, roads and highways and consult with this group regarding the installation of traffic control barriers and/or devices.
- Leg Info: Bill Text (April 4)
- Leg Info Bill Analysis (Assembly Committee; April 8)
- AB 345 Fact Sheet / More Info
AB 441 (Monning)–Health issues included in transportation plans.
- Requires the California Transportation Commission to include health issues in regional transportation plans. The Office of Planning and Research would develop guidelines for local government and regional agencies to incorporate health (improvement) issues into general plans.
- Leg Info: Bill Text (Amended March 24)
- AB 441 Leg Info Bill Analysis (May 4)
- AB 441 Fact Sheet / More Info
- Status: May 27th-In committee, second hearing set, held under submission.
AB 539 (Williams) – Safe Routes to School speed limits.
- Authorizes local government to double fines for speeding in a school zones.
- Leg Info: Bill Text (Amended April 5)
- Leg Info Bill Analysis(Assembly Committee; April 8)
AB 605 (Dickinson) – OPR to set standards for VMT reductions and CEQA exemptions.
- A project could be exempt from CEQA analysis of transportation element if project met percentage reduction in vehicle trip miles.
- Leg Info Bill Text (Introduced Feb 16)
- Leg Info Bill Analysis (available later)
AB 650 (Blumenfield) – Blue Ribbon Task Force on Public Transportation for the 21st Century
- Requires task force to be comprised of twelve transportation subject matter experts to prepare a written report which would include findings and recommendations regarding the current state of CA’s transit system, costs of creating the needed system, and potential funding sources.
- AB 650 Leg Info Bill Text (Amended June 29)
- AB 650 Leg Info Bill Analysis(Assembly Floor, May 28 )
- AB 650 Leg Info Bill Analysis (Senate Committee June 23)
- Fact Sheet / More Info
- StatusJune 30:Withdrawn from committee. Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations.
AB 676 (Torres)—Expands use of transportation funds.
- Existing transportation expenditures are currently legally obligated for transportation related administration, operation, maintenance, local assistance, safety and rehabilitation projects. This bill would allocate remaining funds for the study of, and development and implementation of,capital improvement projects to be programmed in the state transportation improvement program.
- Leg Info Bill Text (Introduced Feb 17)
- Leg Info Bill Analysis (available later)
AB 710 (Skinner) —Infill Development and Sustainable Community Act of 2011.
- Eliminates minimum parking requirements for infill and transit-oriented development. Prohibits city or county from requiring more than one parking space per residential unit and prohibits requirement of more than one parking space per 1,000 sq. ft of commercial units for residential or mixed-use project in a transit intensive area. Also modifies definition of sustainable communities to include communities that incentivize infill development.
- AB 710 Leg Info Bill Text (Amended June 29)
- AB 710 Leg Info Bill Analysis (Senate Committee June 30)
- AB 710 Leg Info Bill Analysis (Assembly Floor May 31)
- Status June 29: From committee chair, with author’s amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Committee on Government and Finance.
AB 819 (Wieckowski) —Enhance bicycle safety, complete streets.
- This bill augments existing Dept. of Transportation responsibility for safety guidelines to include class IV bikeways, in addition to class I, II and III bikeways. The bill defines class IV bikeways as: “segregated bike lanes,” which provide a completely separated right-of-way designated for the exclusive use of bicycles on streets and are demarcated by either a physical barrier or by distinct paint markings, or both, to minimize or prevent travel by motor vehicles.
- Leg Info: Bill Text (Amended March 31)
- Leg Info Bill Analysis (available later)
AB 931 (Dickinson) —CEQA exemption rule for infill housing modification.
- CEQA requirements are exempted for infill development if certain criteria are met. This bill would extend the current criteria for the preparation of a community-level environmental review from 5 to 20 years. It would also lower the density requirement for exemption from 20 to 15 units per acre.
AB 995 (Cedillo) – OPR report to legislatureon expediting Transit Oriented Development environmental review.
- This bill would require the Office of Planning and Research, not later than July 1, 2012, to prepare and submit to the Legislature a report containing recommendations for expedited environmental review for transit-oriented development.
- Leg Info: Bill Text (Introduced Feb 18)
- Leg Info: Bill Analysis (available later)
AB 1285 (Fuentes) — Regional greenhouse gas emission reduction program.
- Legislation to create community greenhouse gas emission reduction program. Would provide state oversight over local government and nonprofit investments relating to greenhouse gasses.
- AB 1285 Leg Info Bill Text(Amended May 11)
- AB 1285 Leg Info Bill Analysis (Assembly Committee; April 29)
- Status May 3: Do pass, re-referred to Committee on Appropriations. Amended May 11, re-referred to Committee on Appropriations.
SB 77 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review) — Elimination of state redevelopment agencies.
- Elimination of state redevelopment agencies (RDAs) and an orderly “wind down” of their responsibilities and assets. Local Govt successor agencies would be created to maintain certain existing RDA obligations. Elimination of state RDA’s has been identified as a method to balance the state’s budget. Property taxes that formerly went to RDAs would be directed to schools and public safety operations. The bill will result in $1.7 billion in additional funding for the 2011-2012 budget.
- Leg Info: Bill Text (Amended March 15)
- Leg Info Bill Analysis (Assembly Floor; March 15)
- Leg Info Bill Analysis (Senate Floor; March 15)
- Status July 1:Motion to reconsider continued to July 1.
SB 132 (Lowenthal) — School sittings to reflect state planning priorities.
- This bill would require the State Allocation Board to revise guidelines, rules, regulations, procedures, and policiesfor the acquisition of schoolsites and the construction of school facilities to reflect the state planning. This bill would also require that advice, standards, surveys, or information regarding the acquisition of school sites or the construction of school facilities provided by the StateDepartment of Education pursuant to this requirement reflect the state planning priorities.
- SB 132 Bill Text (Amended May 11)
- SB 132 Leg Info Bill Analysis (Senate Floor, May 26 )
- Status June 23: In Assembly, Committee on Education. Hearing on June 22 canceled at request of author.
SB 214 (Wolk) – Eliminate voter approval requirement for infrastructure finance districts.
- This bill would eliminate the requirement of voter approval to create and authorize an infrastructure financing district. This bill would authorize a legislative body to create an infrastructure finance district, adopt an infrastructure financing plan, and issue bonds by resolutions by resolution, not requiring voter approval.
- SB 214 Leg Info Bill Text(Amended June 21)
- SB 214 Leg Info Bill Analysis (Assembly Floor July 1)
- Leg Info Bill Analysis (Assembly Committee; April 28 )
- SB 214 Leg Info Bill Analysis (Senate Floor; April 28 )
- Status July 1: Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
SB 310 (Hancock).–.Creation of the Transit Priority Project Program.
- This bill would eliminate the requirement of voter approval for the creation of an infrastructure financing district and would authorize the appropriate legislative body to create the district, adopt the plan, and issue the bonds by resolutions. This bill would also create a streamlined permit process for development that met certain criteria and it would create a program to reimburse developer fees if a project was located within an Infrastructure Finance District.
SB 450 (Lowenthal) – Redevelopment agencies housing expenditures.
- This bill reforms how redevelopment agencies spend their Low &Moderate Income Housing Funds.
SB 468 (Kehoe).–.An act to add Section 103 to the Streets and Highways Code, relating to transportation.
- This bill would impose additional requirements on the departmentwith respect to proposed capacity-increasing state highway projects in the coastal zone, including requiring the department to collaborate with local agencies, the California Coastal Commission, and countywide or regional transportation planning agencies to develop traffic congestion reduction goals.
SB 535 (De Leon) — California Communities Healthy Air Revitalization Trust.
- This bill would require a minimum of 10% of revenues generated from fees collected by the Air Resources Board from sources of greenhouse gas emissions would be deposited into a trust operated by the CA Treasury Dept. Funds would be in used in communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or to mitigate health or environmental impacts of climate change.
- SB 535 Leg Info Bill Text (Amended June 21)
- SB 535 Leg Info Bill Analysis (Senate Floor, May 31)
- SB 535 Leg Info Bill Analysis (Assembly Committee, June 24)
- Status July 1: From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Committee on Appropriations.
SB 907 (Evans and Perez)–.Master Plan for Infrastructure Financing and Development Commission
- This bill would create the Master Plan for Infrastructure Financing and Development Commission, consisting of specified members, and would require the commission to prepare and submit a strategy and plan for infrastructure development in California that meets certain criteria to the Legislature and the Governor by December 1, 2013..