Sac'to Bill Would Prevent City from Requiring Or Enforcing Minimum Parking Req'ts on Residential, Comm'l or Other Developments W/In Half Mile Walking Distance of Public Transit. It Passed Ass'y 51-17 (O'Donnell Voted "No"; Rendon Voted "Yes": Gipson "No Vote Recorded"); City Council Let It Advance Without Opposition And It's Now In State Senate
|(June 6, 2021, 6:40 p.m.) -- Without opposition by the City of Long Beach (via city staff or City Council action), a Sacramento bill -- AB 1401 -- that would prevent cities from requiring or enforcing minimum parking requirements for residential, commercial or other developments within a half mile walking distance of public transit has passed the Assembly.
AB 1401 specifies:
[AB 1401 current text] 65863.3. (a) A local government shall not impose a minimum automobile parking requirement, or enforce a minimum automobile parking requirement, on residential, commercial, or other development if the parcel is located within one-half mile walking distance of public transit.
In a June 1 Assembly floor vote, Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell (D, LB) voted "no;" Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D, NLB/Paramount) voted "yes," Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D, NLB/Carson) was "no vote recorded." The full tally was 51-17 (with 11 "no vote recorded.")
Ayes: Aguiar-Curry, Arambula, Bennett, Berman, Bloom, Bryan, Burke, Calderon, Carrillo, Cervantes, Chau, Chen, Chiu, Cunningham, Daly, Fong, Friedman, Gabriel, Gallagher, Eduardo Garcia, Lorena Gonzalez, Gray, Grayson, Holden, Jones-Sawyer, Kalra, Kiley, Lackey, Lee, Low, McCarty, Medina, Mullin, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Ramos, Reyes, Luz Rivas, Robert Rivas, Rodriguez, Blanca Rubio, Salas, Stone, Ting, Villapudua, Voepel, Ward, Akilah Weber, Wicks, Wood, Rendon
AB 1401 now awaits committee hearings in the state Senate.
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The City of Long Beach and its policy-setting Councilmembers have effctively let AB 1401, introduced Feb. 19, 2021, advance with no position by the City although it conflicts with parts of the City's "state legislative agenda" (general statements of City policy that city management is supposed to follow.)
The City's 2021 state legislative agenda states that the City of LB will "Oppose legislation that would reduce the City’s local land use authority" and legislation that "would reduce the City’s local land use authority and support implementation of the City Council adopted planning documents." Its details include:
a) Support policies and legislation that protect and/or expands the City’s authority and rights over its affairs. b) Oppose policies and legislation that preempt the current authority possessed by the City and delegates that authority to the State or other governmental jurisdiction... f) Oppose policies and legislation that diminish the City’s local control over land use, planning, zoning and development decisions, and oppose legislation in conflict with the City’s adopted General Plan or other Council adopted land use policies...
An April 27 legislative analysis (Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee) listed support and opposition as follows: more construction of apartment units."
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