Please read the below Marin IJ piece but please note that part of the article's description of SB-50 gives an incorrect impression about the exemptions in the bill.
The article states; "The new merged bill gave special treatment to smaller cities and counties, and exempted small coastal cities, historic districts and fire-prone areas from zoning reforms."
First of all, the above listed exemptions only apply to the section of the bill that deals with "Equitable Communities Incentives", which would allow taller, denser residential developments near transit stops and within jobs-rich areas. They do not apply to the section regarding "Neighborhood Multifamily Projects", which would allow the construction of fourplexes, by right, in all residential areas (including all single-family neighborhoods), provided the projects meet minimal criteria.
Secondly, the exemption from fire-prone areas is essentially ineffective because the bill's fine print states that this exemption will not apply if "a site has adopted fire hazard mitigation measures pursuant to existing building standards or state fire mitigation measures applicable to the development". This would be easily accomplished by developers.
Per the article, SB-50 was moved to a "two-year bill". That means SB-50 will be held for the rest of the year and come back for a vote in January 2020. Please be ready to help defeat the bill again at this time.
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Marin reaction mixed to failure of controversial housing bill to advance