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City's Stance on SB 828 and AB 2923

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At the Council Meeting on September 6, 2018, City Manager Clay Holstine briefed the Council on two pieces of legislation that the State Legislature passed and which are now on the Governor's desk for his consideration.  The Governor has until September 30th to sign, veto, or allow the legislation to go into effect without his signature.  City Manager Holstine offered, "Up until now, there has been a tacit understanding between local government and the State that cities are responsible for planning and zoning activities and the private sector is responsible for the actual production of housing.  SB 828 starts to move that dial in an effort to create some accountability for cities to be responsible for the actual production of housing...this is just one more example of the State coming into what historically has been local government affairs and putting more pressure on cities to do what the State wants."  The next bill, AB 2923, popularly referred to as "the BART bill", does not currently impact the City of Brisbane at this period in time, but is "an overt, blatant usurpation of local land-use control by the State to a regional agency that has no previous experience, background, or history performing land-use planning...this gives you a taste of where the State's mentality is and where they're headed with legislation." 

It is anticipated that our Sacramento lobbyist will provide a report concerning State legislation at an upcoming Council meeting.

Mayor Conway recently signed two letters to Governor Brown requesting him to veto both bills.  Click here to read the Mayor's letter regarding SB 828 and here to read the Mayor's letter regarding AB 2923.  You can also click on the letter images below.