Gloria Bill to Create Affordable Housing Opportunities for All Passes State Assembly

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gloria’s CASA Housing Act Heads to State Senate, Bill Would Increase Housing Supply, Address Housing Affordability Crisis

SACRAMENTO, CA – Key legislation authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) to help address California’s housing affordability crisis and create housing units affordable for all Californians passed the State Assembly today. AB 2372, known as California’s Sustainable and Affordable (CASA) Housing Act, was unanimously approved by the Assembly on a bipartisan vote of 69 to zero and now heads to the State Senate.

California’s housing market has to work and produce for everyone and at every income level. That’s not happening under current rules, but it’s why I introduced this bill and why I’m grateful it’s moving forward,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “The CASA Housing Act provides local governments with a critical tool to not only produce more housing units, but at prices low and middle-income Californians can afford.”

Assemblymember Gloria’s CASA Housing Act creates a statewide opt-in program for local governments to increase affordable housing production. The bill allows cities and counties to offer a new floor area ratio (FAR) based calculation system for residential density instead of dwelling units per acre. This alternative would allow for more, smaller units to be built on a particular parcel of land. 

“There is an ever growing need for housing in San Diego and the CASA Housing Act creates another tool to produce more naturally affordable housing units in transit priority areas,” said San Diego City Councilmember Georgette Gómez, who provided the vision for this bill. “I am happy to see AB 2372 move one step closer to helping us address our lack of housing across the State and in San Diego.”

In order for project developers to be able to use the FAR-based calculation system and qualify for other incentives in the bill, the proposed project must be located in a transit priority area or within one-half mile of a major public transit stop. In addition, at least 20 percent of pre-density units must be affordable to low-income individuals at or below 50 percent area median income (AMI) – equating to an annual income of approximately $31,000 per year for a single person in San Diego County. AB 2372 encourages remaining units to be capped at 120 percent AMI, which would be affordable to a single person with an annual income of approximately $66,000 in San Diego County.

The CASA Housing Act maintains project heights will be regulated by the underlying base zones and permits developer impact fees to be calculated based on square feet rather than on a per unit basis.

AB 2372 is co-authored by Assemblymembers Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles),  Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-San Diego), Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), and Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles). The bill is sponsored by the City of San Diego and is supported by the California Apartment Association, California Building Industry Association, California Housing Alliance, California Housing Consortium, Climate Action Campaign, San Diego Housing Federation, and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The full text of AB 2372 can be found here.