Two Housing Bills, Toxic Chemical Ban Sponsored by Santa Monica Lawmaker Signed into Law

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October 1, 2018 -- Two housing bills and a bill banning toxic chemicals were among the measures sponsored by Santa Monica lawmaker Richard Bloom signed by the Governor last week.

The housing measures address inconsistencies in applying housing density bonuses on the coast and reform the process used for determining and apportioning regional housing needs.

Among the changes made by AB 1771 to the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process is requiring the regional distribution to be more data-driven and equitable.

“The RHNA has not worked properly for quite some time,” Bloom said. “Local politics and flawed methodology have distorted the RHNA process and produced insufficient and inequitable housing across the state."