Assembly Republicans Announce “Housing For All” Bill Package

Press Release

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Republicans announced their “Housing For All” bill package to provide immediate relief from the affordability crisis and solve the systemic issues that drive up the cost of housing. The bills will ease the impact of development fees, remove obstacles to rebuilding after a disaster and cut red tape that holds up the construction of new housing.
“Too many bills in Sacramento would just put a Band-Aid on the housing crisis. This proposal is different,” said Assemblyman Philip Chen (R-Brea). “We’re taking action to quickly bring down costs that are crushing ordinary Californians, but we also have a long-term vision to make housing accessible for everyone who needs it. Removing obstacles that needlessly slow down home construction is the only way we’re going to solve the housing shortage and bring costs under control.”
The “Housing For All” package will provide:
Relief from Development Fees:
  • AB 264 (Melendez) will allow homebuilders to deduct development fees off their state taxes, bringing down the cost of new housing.
  • AB 1386 (Chen) will provide flexibility regarding when development fees must be paid, allowing new housing to be built with a lower up-front investment.
Help with Disaster Recovery:
  • AB 178 (Dahle) will allow wildfire victims to rebuild their homes without installing a solar power system, saving approximately $10,000 each.
  • AB 191 (Patterson) will allow Californians who lost their homes in disasters to rebuild to less-stringent energy efficiency standards.
  • AB 430 (Gallagher) will streamline the construction of homes in Butte County to provide much-needed housing to people impacted by the Camp Fire.
Long-Term Solutions that Cut Red Tape:
  • AB 586 (Diep) will streamline approvals for farmworker and infill housing projects within state conservancies.
  • AB 1244 (Fong) will stop the practice of tying up projects in costly lawsuits unless there is a threat to public safety or important cultural or ecological values.
Last year, Coldwell Banker released a study that found the 10 most expensive places to buy a home are all in California. A recent survey from the Public Policy Institute of California found that more than two-thirds of Californians believe housing costs are a “big problem,” and nearly half of adults are considering relocating to find cheaper housing.

3 COMMENTS

  1. This is all “trickle down” economics. Everything in this package these morons are proposing benefit developers, like DEVELOPERS are going reduce the price of newly built homes because they don’t have to pay any fees up front.

    Why would anyone build a LESS energy efficient home ? Oh, I can re-build my house faster, but it is going to have 1960s era energy efficiency, making the home virtually IMPOSSIBLE to sell when I want to leave California to another state – “because I hate liberal California” or “It’s cheaper to live in say … Idaho”, and in the meantime I will go bankrupt, eventually paying PG&E 90 cents a Kilowatt hour to light and heat/cool my 1960s era BRAND NEW home. Therefore preventing me from leaving California to the “high desert promise land called Idaho”.

    Golly gee, Coldwell Banker released a study showing California has the 10 most expensive places to buy a home ? However, they won’t be jumping on the bandwagon anytime soon to “bring down” housing costs, that would affect their bottom line.

    This is stupid. Go back to the drawing board Repubs.

  2. The cost of housing has skyrocketed thanks to real estate agents who keep promising and pushing the prices way, way over asking. Why? Because that results in a larger commission. Eventually, it will price just about everyone from buying a house. Then, people will keep complaining about more and more homeless wandering our streets and putting up tents on sidewalks.

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