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TITLE 7. PLANNING AND LAND USE [65000 - 66499.58]

  ( Heading of Title 7 amended by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1536. )


  ( Heading of Division 1 added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1536. )

CHAPTER 4. Zoning Regulations [65800 - 65912]

  ( Chapter 4 repealed and added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1880. )

ARTICLE 2.9. Guidebook for Jobs-Housing Balance [65890.1 - 65890.5]
  ( Article 2.9 added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 843, Sec. 1. )


The Legislature finds and declares that:

(a) State land use patterns should be encouraged that balance the location of employment-generating uses with residential uses so that employment-related commuting is minimized.

(b) Balance in employment and residential land use patterns reduces traffic congestion and may contribute to improvement of air quality in urban areas.

(c) Balancing of employment-generating land uses and residential land uses improves economic and housing opportunities and reduces loss of economic productivity caused by transportation delay.

(d) The attainment of a more balanced land use pattern requires the cooperation of government agencies with the private sector to assure that public and private decisions affecting land use take into consideration the need to seek balance in the location of employment-generating land uses and residential land uses.

(e) Local agencies and state agencies should cooperate to facilitate the balancing of employment-generating land uses and residential land uses and provisions of transportation to serve these uses.

(f) Local governments have the primary responsibility to plan for local land use patterns, within the parameters established by state law to achieve statewide needs.

(g) Housing must be provided for the estimated 3 million new workers and their families expected to be added to the California economy in the 1990’s.

(h) It is the intent of the Legislature to move toward the goal that every California worker have available the opportunity to reside close to his or her jobsite.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 843, Sec. 1.)


The Department of Housing and Community Development shall prepare a guidebook for use by cities, counties, councils of government, state agencies, and the private sector in the planning and development of a housing supply to meet the need created by employment growth. The guidebook shall be prepared in time for use following the availability of the 1990 Census of Population and Housing.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 843, Sec. 1.)


(a) The guidebook shall include the following:

(1) Methodologies for measuring the balance of jobs and housing.

(2) Methodologies for analysis of the projected needed housing supply to serve projected employment growth.

(3) Methodologies to encourage the balance of jobs and housing.

(4) Incentives which local, regional, and state agencies may offer to the private sector to encourage developments and design which will facilitate an improved balance between employment generating land use and residential land use.

(5) Methodologies cities and counties may use to analyze trip generation and vehicle miles traveled to and from employment centers.

(6) Methodologies cities and counties may use to achieve more efficient use of transportation facilities serving major employment centers.

(7) Descriptions of successful and unsuccessful efforts by cities or counties to move toward improved jobs-housing balance.

(b) The guidebook shall seek to describe and evaluate the various tools available to local, regional, and state governments to measure, evaluate, and improve the balance of jobs and housing and to mitigate the undesirable effects of any imbalance between jobs and housing. The guidebook shall describe efforts by cities, counties, and regional agencies to improve the balance of jobs and housing.

(c) The department shall consult with interested parties and organizations such as academic institutions, environmental groups, businesses, labor unions, real estate groups, housing advocacy groups, cities, counties, and regional agencies. The final guidebook shall be completed no later than December 31, 1993.

(d) Within two years of final publication of the guidebook, the Assembly Office of Research shall complete a study of the effectiveness of the guidebook as a decisionmaking tool by public agencies and the private sector to facilitate improved jobs-housing balance. The study shall include the office’s recommendations for legislation needed to improve the effectiveness of decisionmaking as it relates to achieving jobs-housing balance, if any.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 843, Sec. 1.)

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