Disadvantaged Community Land Use Proposal Passes Critical Step

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Sacramento – Yesterday, the California State Assembly passed AB 2447 by Assemblymember Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino). This legislation requires that notices be provided to residents of disadvantaged communities when an industrial project such as a warehouse is proposed. Specifically this bill ensures that residents already burdened with pollution can be fully engaged in the project review process.

Disadvantaged communities in California are often disproportionately impacted by polluting and noxious land uses. Various industrial projects, which at times seem to appear overnight, can undermine neighborhood quality, public health, and a resident’s use and enjoyment of housing.

“AB 2447 will ensure residents are brought to the table and engaged during critical land use decisions,” said Assemblymember Reyes. “We must do everything we can to break down barriers for members of the community and take the steps necessary to empower their voices.”

Across the state residents of disadvantaged communities disproportionately suffer public health crisis. This leads to higher rates of asthma, cardiovascular disease and other illnesses. Engaging them allows them the opportunity to contribute to the land use process, empowering them to articulate concerns on a projects impact.

AB 2447 next goes to the State Senate to be heard in policy committee. For more information on the bill or to follow it, click here.

Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes represents Assembly District 47 which includes the cities of Fontana, Rialto, Colton, Grand Terrace, San Bernardino and the unincorporated areas of Muscoy and Bloomington.