SB 10

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Dec 07, 2020
  • Senate
  • Assembly
  • Governor

Planning and zoning: housing development: density.


The Planning and Zoning Law requires a city or county to adopt a general plan for land use development within its boundaries that includes, among other things, a housing element. Existing law requires an attached housing development to be a permitted use, not subject to a conditional use permit, on any parcel zoned for multifamily housing if at least certain percentages of the units are available at affordable housing costs to very low income, lower income, and moderate-income households for at least 30 years and if the project meets specified conditions relating to location and being subject to a discretionary decision other than a conditional use permit. Existing law provides for various incentives intended to facilitate and expedite the construction of affordable housing. This bill would, notwithstanding any local restrictions on adopting zoning ordinances, authorize a local government to pass an ordinance to zone any parcel for up to 10 units of residential density per parcel, at a height specified in the ordinance, if the parcel is located in a transit-rich area, a jobs-rich area, or an urban infill site, as those terms are defined. In this regard, the bill would require the Department of Housing and Community Development, in consultation with the Office of Planning and Research, to determine jobs-rich areas and publish a map of those areas every 5 years, commencing January 1, 2023, based on specified criteria. The bill would specify that an ordinance adopted under these provisions, and any resolution adopted to amend the jurisdiction's General Plan to be consistent with that ordinance, is not a project for purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act. The bill would prohibit a residential or mixed-use residential project consisting of 10 or more units that is located on a parcel rezoned pursuant to these provisions from being approved ministerially or by right. This bill would include findings that changes proposed by this bill address a matter of statewide concern rather than a municipal affair and, therefore, apply to all cities, including charter cities.

Bill Sponsors (4)


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Feb 24, 2021


Set for hearing March 18.


From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HOUSING.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HOUSING.

Jan 28, 2021


Referred to Coms. on HOUSING, GOV. & F., and EQ.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on HOUSING, GOV. & F., and EQ.


Referral to Com. on E.Q. rescinded because of the limitations placed on committee hearings due to ongoing health and safety risks of the COVID-19 virus.

Dec 08, 2020


From printer. May be acted upon on or after January 7.

Dec 07, 2020


Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

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12/07/20 - Introduced PDF
02/24/21 - Amended Senate PDF

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