Juan Reynoso, MUP/MPH 2020

Summer 2018

Organization: Office of Assemblymember Todd Gloria, Sacramento, CA

Sponsor: Joint Center for Housing Studies Community Service Fellowship

 

“California is currently experiencing a major housing affordability crisis that is leading to a myriad of issues, such as last year’s Hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego. Given this context, the Office of Assemblymember Todd Gloria is advancing creative policy proposals to address these issues and is particularly keen in developing solutions to support affordable and workforce housing.

One of Assemblymember Gloria’s main pieces of legislation for 2018 is AB2372: The California Sustainable and Affordable (CASA) Housing Act. This bill incentivizes the production of affordable workforce and low-income housing along transit priority corridors. It does so by amending development standards through a new statewide opt-in program that authorizes the use of a floor area ratio (FAR) based calculation system and reduced parking requirements for the development of new residential units. Instead of a units-per-acre-based system, the FAR-based system creates a denser concentration of units in a development without changing land use types or height restrictions. Thus, a greater number of smaller units will be produced by the market, which will be more likely to be priced at affordable levels.

Although there have been many highlights during my first two weeks in the capital, one highlight is that on May 19th, the CASA Housing Act officially passed the State Assembly (see photo). Now the work begins to promote the bill through the State Senate before then moving it on to the Governor.”