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California Senate Bill 35

California Senate Bill 35, also known as SB 35, is a state law that was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 29, 2017. The purpose of this bill is to streamline the process for developers to build affordable housing units in California by removing certain local regulatory barriers.

Under SB 35, cities and counties are required to approve certain types of housing developments that meet specific criteria within a streamlined process. These criteria include:

  1. The development must be located in an urbanized area or urban cluster.
  2. The development must be a multifamily residential project consisting of two or more units.
  3. The development must meet certain affordability requirements, such as being designated for lower-income or very-low-income households.
  4. The development must comply with all other applicable state and local laws, regulations, and ordinances.

SB 35 also includes provisions to ensure that developers are paying their workers fair wages, and that the developments provide adequate infrastructure and services.

The goal of SB 35 is to increase the supply of affordable housing in California, which has been facing a severe housing crisis in recent years. By removing some of the barriers that have traditionally made it difficult to build affordable housing, SB 35 aims to make it easier and more cost-effective for developers to build the housing units that are needed to meet the demand.

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