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AB-863 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/22/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 22, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 863


Introduced by Assembly Members Cervantes and Quirk-Silva

February 16, 2017


An act to amend Sections 75210, 75212, 75210 and 75213 of the Public Resources Code, relating to sustainable communities.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 863, as amended, Cervantes. Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program.
Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the State Air Resources Board from the auction or sale of allowances as part of a market-based compliance mechanism relative to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. Existing law continuously appropriates specified portions of the annual proceeds in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to various programs, including 20% for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program administered by the Strategic Growth Council. Existing law provides for that program to fund projects that implement land use, housing, transportation, and agricultural land preservation practices to support infill and compact development and that support other related and coordinated public policy objectives. Existing law specifies the types of projects eligible for funding under the program.
This bill would require the council, in selecting projects for funding under the program, to seek methods for inclusion of local entrepreneurs in the implementation of the projects and workforce training and certification of workers hired to work on the projects. provide that a project receiving funding pursuant to the program shall be encouraged, among other things, to employ local entrepreneurs and workers utilizing appropriate workforce training programs. The bill would make related revisions to the policy objectives for the program.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 75210 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

75210.
 The council shall develop and administer the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through projects that implement land use, housing, transportation, and agricultural land preservation practices to support infill and compact development, and that support related and coordinated public policy objectives, including the following:
(a) Reducing air pollution.
(b) Improving social, economic, and environmental conditions in disadvantaged communities.
(c) Supporting or improving public health and other cobenefits as defined in Section 39712 of the Health and Safety Code.
(d) Improving connectivity and accessibility to jobs, housing, and services.
(e) Increasing options for mobility, including the implementation of the Active Transportation Program established pursuant to Section 2380 of the Streets and Highways Code.
(f) Increasing transit ridership.
(g) Preserving and developing affordable housing for lower income households, as defined in Section 50079.5 of the Health and Safety Code.
(h) Protecting agricultural lands to support infill development.

SEC. 2.Section 75212 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:
75212.

(a)Projects eligible for funding pursuant to the program include any of the following:

(1)Intermodal, affordable housing projects that support infill and compact development.

(2)Transit capital projects and programs supporting transit ridership, including water-borne transit.

(3)Active transportation capital projects that qualify under the Active Transportation Program, including pedestrian and bicycle facilities and supportive infrastructure, including connectivity to transit stations.

(4)Noninfrastructure-related active transportation projects that qualify under the Active Transportation Program, including activities that encourage active transportation goals conducted in conjunction with infrastructure improvement projects.

(5)Transit-oriented development projects, including affordable housing and infrastructure at or near transit stations or connecting those developments to transit stations.

(6)Capital projects that implement local complete streets programs.

(7)Other projects or programs designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other criteria air pollutants by reducing automobile trips and vehicle miles traveled within a community.

(8)Acquisition of easements or other approaches or tools that protect agricultural lands that are under pressure of being converted to nonagricultural uses, particularly those adjacent to areas most at risk of urban or suburban sprawl or those of special environmental significance.

(9)Planning to support implementation of a sustainable communities strategy, including implementation of local plans supporting greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts and promoting infill and compact development.

(b)In selecting projects for funding under the program, the council shall seek methods for inclusion of local entrepreneurs in the implementation of the projects and workforce training and certification of workers hired to work on the projects.

SEC. 3.SEC. 2.

 Section 75213 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

75213.
 A project eligible for receiving funding pursuant to the program shall be encouraged to promote the objectives of Section 75210 and economic growth, reduce reducing public fiscal costs, promote encouraging individual economic security and upward mobility, support employing local entrepreneurs and workers utilizing appropriate workforce training programs, supporting civic partnerships and stakeholder engagement, and integrate integrating and leverage leveraging existing housing, transportation, and land use programs and resources.