On Sunday, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2923 which aims to increase affordable housing near BART stations.
The Bill was authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Timothy S. Grayson (D-Concord) to encourage transit-oriented development (TOD) at certain Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations.
According to the Bill:
Meanwhile, Assemblymember Catharine Baker and Senator Steve Glazer along with local elected leaders advocated that the governor reject the bill.
“BART is a failing agency that can barely keep its trains running safely, through stations that are frequently dirty with broken escalators and the constant danger of crime,” Glazer said. “The last thing the agency needs on its plate now are new powers to build housing that violates local standards.
“The cities in the East Bay are doing their part by approving thousands of new units near BART’s stations and will continue to do so while taking the input of local residents into account.”
Baker said “BART has major challenges delivering safe, reliable, and clean train service. Now is not the time to make BART responsible for housing, an area in which it has no expertise or experience. We need to focus on helping BART meet its responsibilities, and let our local communities who are doing an excellent job with housing continue their work.”
Here is the statement by BART Sunday night:
BART’s mission is to support a prosperous Bay Area by connecting communities with seamless mobility. A key component to regional success is adequate housing. BART’s aim is to partner with the community to build 20,000 new housing units at its stations by the year 2040, and to ensure that at least 35% are affordable.
The current regional housing crisis has shone a bright light on the need to accelerate development, especially in places where a transit infrastructure already exists. The Governor has signed into law AB2923, a bill on which the BART Board of Directors took an official “neutral” stance.
With the passage of AB2923, lawmakers are sending a message to all local policymakers about the urgent need to build housing now. At BART, we could not agree more.
Although AB2923 directs BART to adopt new transit-oriented development (TOD) zoning standards for each BART station, I want to assure community leaders and residents that BART is committed to continuing our collaborative approach. We have found that working closely with neighborhoods and local elected officials to consider community needs is not only respectful, it’s the most efficient way to get the job done.
BART’s TOD program has a proven track record of creating great housing/retail/commercial destinations. The Agency has 20 transit-oriented development projects either completed or under construction. Another eight projects are in the pipeline.
Our plan is to build 20,000 new housing units on 250 acres at 27 stations that BART already owns. The BART TOD Program regularly evaluates this portfolio of land to ensure market, political, financial and other conditions align prior to soliciting TOD.
All of us at BART look forward to the creation of more vibrant, sustainable new neighborhoods next to our stations.
How they voted:
|08/28/18||(PASS)||Assembly Floor||46||28||6||AB 2923 CHIU Concurrence in Senate Amendments|
|Ayes: Berman, Bloom, Bonta, Burke, Carrillo, Cervantes, Chau, Chen, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Eggman, Friedman, Gabriel, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gipson, Gloria, Gonzalez Fletcher, Gray, Grayson, Holden, Jones-Sawyer, Kalra, Kamlager-Dove, Limón, Low, Maienschein, McCarty, Medina, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, O’Donnell, Reyes, Rivas, Rubio, Salas, Santiago, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Weber, Wood, Rendon|
|Noes: Acosta, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Brough, Caballero, Chávez, Choi, Cunningham, Dahle, Flora, Fong, Frazier, Gallagher, Harper, Irwin, Kiley, Lackey, Levine, Mathis, Mayes, Melendez, Obernolte, Patterson, Quirk-Silva, Steinorth, Voepel, Waldron|
|No Votes Recorded: Aguiar-Curry, Arambula, Calderon, Daly, Quirk, Rodriguez|
|08/23/18||(PASS)||Senate Floor||26||13||1||Assembly 3rd Reading AB2923 Chiu et al. By McGuire|
|Ayes: Allen, Anderson, Atkins, Beall, Bradford, Cannella, De León, Delgado, Dodd, Galgiani, Hernandez, Hertzberg, Hill, Jackson, Lara, Leyva, McGuire, Mitchell, Monning, Pan, Portantino, Roth, Skinner, Stern, Wieckowski, Wiener|
|Noes: Bates, Chang, Fuller, Gaines, Glazer, Hueso, Moorlach, Morrell, Nguyen, Nielsen, Stone, Vidak, Wilk|
|No Votes Recorded: Berryhill|