"The CITY OF CITY is opposed to your SB 35 (Wiener), which would pre-empt local discretionary land use authority by making approvals of multifamily developments and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) that meet inadequate criteria, “ministerial” actions.
SB 35 is devised as a solution to the state’s needs for market rate and affordable housing, however it dodges the reality that state and federal affordable housing funding have slowed to a trickle. More than $1 billion annually in affordable housing money has evaporated with the elimination of redevelopment agencies in 2011. Funds from the 2006 state housing bond have been exhausted and federal dollars have been declining for decades. This massive withdraw of resources has contributed to the current challenges, yet no significant source of ongoing affordable housing funding is on the horizon.
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Eliminating opportunities for public review of major multifamily developments goes against the principles of local democracy and public engagement. Public hearings allow members of the community to inform their representative of their support or concerns. “Streamlining” in the context of SB 35 appears to mean a shortcut around public input. While frustrating for some to address neighborhood concerns about traffic, parking and other development impacts, those directly affected by such projects have a right to be heard. Public engagement also often leads to better projects. Not having such outlets will increase public distrust in government and additional ballot measures dealing with growth management.
For these reasons, the CITY OF CITY opposes your SB 35. "