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AB-634 Density Bonus Law: affordability restrictions.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 09/29/2021 10:00 AM
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Assembly Bill No. 634
CHAPTER 348

An act to add Section 65915.2 to the Government Code, relating to housing.

[ Approved by Governor  September 28, 2021. Filed with Secretary of State  September 28, 2021. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 634, Carrillo. Density Bonus Law: affordability restrictions.
Existing law, referred to as the Density Bonus Law, requires a city or county to provide a developer that proposes a housing development within the city or county with a density bonus and other incentives or concessions, as specified, if the developer agrees to construct specified percentages of units for lower income, very low income, or senior citizen housing, among other things, and meets other requirements. Existing law prescribes an application process for a city or county to follow in this regard. Existing law specifies that, if permitted by local ordinance, that law is not to be construed to prohibit a city, county, or city and county from granting a density bonus greater than what is described in these provisions for a development that meets specified requirements or from granting a proportionately lower density bonus than what is required for developments that do not meet these requirements.
This bill would also provide that, if permitted by local ordinance, the Density Bonus Law is not to be construed to prohibit a city, county, or city and county from requiring an affordability period that is longer than 55 years for any units that qualified the applicant for the award for the density bonus developed in compliance with a local ordinance that requires, as a condition of development of residential units, that a development include a certain percentage of units that are affordable to, and occupied by low-income, lower income, very low income, or extremely low income households and that will be financed without low-income housing tax credits.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 65915.2 is added to the Government Code, to read:

65915.2.
 If permitted by local ordinance, nothing in Section 65915 shall be construed to prohibit a city, county, or city and county from requiring an affordability period longer than 55 years for any units that qualified the applicant for the award of the density bonus developed in compliance with a local ordinance that requires, as a condition of the development of residential units, that the development include a certain percentage of units that are affordable to, and occupied by, low-income, lower income, very low income, or extremely low income households and that will be financed without low-income housing tax credits.