|(Aug. 22, 2020, 6:20 p.m.) -- A crucial Sacramento vote with permanent single family neighborhood consequences is now imminent (possibly on Monday Aug. 24 although we're told Tuesday Aug. 25 is more likely) on SB 1120 that would allow four housing units on single family home lots. The upcoming Assembly vote will decide whether SB 1120 dies or advances (after a final state Senate vote) to Governor Gavin Newsom.
SB 1120 contains both "duplex" provisions and "urban lot split" provisions. Its duplex provisions require cities to grant "ministerial" (checklist type) approval to proposed housing development projects with two residential units on parcels zoned for single-family residences. Its "urban lot split" provisions require ministerial approval to subdivide an existing parcel to create two new parcels of equal size no smaller than 1,200 square feet (unless a local ordinance allows a smaller minimum.) Garages and yards are not required.
The Assembly Local Government Committee's legislative analysis acknowledged "Under this bill, a property owner could independently seek ministerial approval for an urban lot split, a duplex, or the owner could seek approval for both an urban lot split and a duplex."
In other words, under SB 1120 an owner or developer could take a single family zoned parcel with one home on it, subdivide it into two equal size lots and then build two homes on each lot (four residences on what had been a single family home lot.).
On August 20, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced SB 1120 on an 11-3-4 vote. The upcoming Assembly floor vote (41 of 80 members required for passage) may be tight; our sources say state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D, SD) and Scott Wiener (D, SF) are exerting political pressure on Assembly members for their votes..
The City of Long Beach allowed SB 1120 to advance since its mid-February introduction without City opposition. Councilmembers Stacy Mungo and Daryl Supernaw, whose ELB districts are filled with single-family-home neighborhoods -- have to our knowledge taken no action to oppose SB 1120. The Council's "State Legislation Committee" (with advisory power to the Council) didn't discuss the bill. Any Councilmember(s) could have agendized an item ("on any Tuesday") to oppose SB 1120...and none did.
The non-profit advocacy group Livable California says SB 1120 "crushes single-family streets and directly attacks homeownership by ending single-family zoning everywhere." LBREPORT.com lists the bill's supporters and opponents as of early-August below.
Long Beach residents can now either continue to rely on Council incumbents who haven't opposed the bill for months or LB residents can take action on their own to protect their interests. If SB 1120 is to be stopped, it must happen now. There are a number of actions residents can take...but they must do so now.
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For the record, below are supporters and opponents of SB 1120 as of Aug. 7, listed in the Assembly Local Government Committee's legislative analysis:. :
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