Governor Jerry Brown's "As of Right" Affordable Housing Proposal
Governor Jerry Brown has stated publicly his desire to reform CEQA. However, his latest "as of right" proposal does more than reform CEQA, it will allow developers the ability to circumvent it altogether.
Under the proposal, new projects with 20 percent affordable housing for tenants making no more than 80 percent of the area median income or projects with 10 percent affordable housing near transit would be exempt from most local reviews.
The "exempt from most local reviews" is the troubling part of Governor Brown's proposal. We are not taking issue with affordable housing but we do strongly oppose the review exemption. The implications against CEQA are significant. It will allow planning staff and decision makers another tool to circumvent any environmental review and mitigation. The community's voice will be silenced.
Coalition to Preserve LA Slams Sacramento's Efforts to Ruin CEQA — a Disaster for Children
The Coalition to Preserve LA stands with key environmental groups and attorneys in condemning multiple attacks on CEQA in Sacramento this week, where Gov. Jerry Brown seeks to wipe out environmental protections for most urban housing if developers agree to include a handful of affordable units, and the state legislature is simultaneously attacking CEQA by letting mega-developments get “fast-tracked” in the courts — to give communities less time to fight violations of the law...