Gloria Successfully Champions Key Housing Bill to Produce Low and Middle-Income Housing

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Localities Stand to Receive Critical Tool to Address State’s Affordable Housing Crisis, Bill Clears Legislature and Sent to Governor Brown

SACRAMENTO, CA – Housing legislation authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) aimed at producing more low and middle-income housing units is one step away from becoming law. AB 2372, known as California’s Sustainable and Affordable Housing Act (CASA Housing Act), passed the Assembly today on a bipartisan vote of 60 to zero and now heads to Governor Jerry Brown. 

The CASA Housing Act is an innovative solution to address California’s housing crisis. This bill provides cities and counties with an important tool to produce housing that’s actually affordable to working and middle-income Californians – those feeling the brunt of our housing crisis,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “California must be a place where housing is available for all. AB 2372 is one way to start making that a reality.”

Assemblymember Gloria’s CASA Housing Act creates a new statewide opt-in program that would allow local jurisdictions to increase housing production for low and middle-income earners near mass transit. By entering into the program, cities and counties could offer a new floor area ratio (FAR) based calculation system for the development of new housing units. This alternative calculation would allow for more, smaller units to be built on a particular land parcel than is currently allowed.

“I would like to thank Assemblyman Todd Gloria for his leadership in moving this bill forward for consideration by the Governor as a statewide measure,” said San Diego City Councilmember Georgette Gomez. “AB 2372, the CASA Act, creates an innovative development tool to spur new residential construction along transit corridors and will go a long way to helping address California’s housing crisis.”

In order for developers to use the FAR-based calculation system and qualify for other incentives in the bill, the proposed project must be located within one-half mile of a major public transit stop. In addition, at least 20 percent of pre-density units must be priced at 50 percent area median income (AMI) – approximately $34,000 for a single person in San Diego County. The remaining 80 percent of housing units are then encouraged to be capped at 120 percent AMI – approximately $66,000 for a single person 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 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. The Governor has until September 30, 2018 to sign or veto all bills.