Gloria Bill to Increase Affordable Workforce Housing Supply Unanimously Passes Assembly’s Housing Committee

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Legislation to Increase Low and Middle Income Housing Production Near Public Transit Receives Green Light from Key Assembly Committee

SACRAMENTO, CA – As California continues to battle a housing affordability crisis, legislation authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) that would increase housing production in transit priority areas received unanimous, bipartisan approval today by the Assembly’s Housing and Community Development Committee. AB 2372, known as California’s Sustainable and Affordable (CASA) Housing Act, now advances to the Assembly’s Local Government Committee.

California is in the midst of a significant housing affordability crisis and the State’s current housing production continuously fails to meet demand. The CASA Housing Act adds another tool in the housing production toolbox to empower local jurisdictions to meet this demand,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “We know that California will need to produce approximately 1.8 million new homes by 2025. This bill will help make a significant dent in that number.”

AB 2372 creates a statewide opt-in program for local governments to increase housing production along transit corridors using a floor area ratio (FAR) based calculation system for residential density instead of dwelling units per acre, the current calculation practice. This alternative would allow for more, smaller units to be built on a particular parcel of land. 

In order for project developers to qualify for the incentives under AB 2372 and utilize the FAR based calculation system, the proposed project must be located in a transit priority area or within one-half mile of a major 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.

AB 2372 also maintains that project heights will continue to be regulated by the underlying base zone and permits developer impact fees to be calculated based on square feet rather than on a per unit basis.

Present at today’s hearing to provide testimony was San Diego City Councilmember Georgette Gómez, the chair of San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System and the City’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee, who brought forward the concept for AB 2372.

AB 2372 is co-authored by Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-San Diego), Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), and Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and is sponsored by the City of San Diego.