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.