AB 1000, the Good Neighbor Policy, would require distance between new logistics centers and sensitive receptors like homes, schools and hospitals.
(SACRAMENTO) — As warehouse growth in the Inland Empire and beyond shows no signs of slowing, California Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes has introduced AB 1000, the Good Neighbor Policy, which addresses the planning and construction of new logistics centers across California. The bill would permit local governments to approve construction of large warehouses and logistics centers of over 100,000 square feet when they are 1,000 feet from sensitive receptors such as schools, homes and daycares. Local governments would also be able to approve construction of these facilities as close as 750 feet from a sensitive receptor when specific mitigation measures are followed to reduce negative community impacts.
“The development of industrial facilities should not come at the detriment of the health, wellness and quality of life of the community,” said Reyes. “AB 1000 proposes a fair approach that will not only protect communities, but also offer a chance for a project to show its commitment to being a good neighbor. The status quo is not working for many of our most vulnerable residents and we must find a better way to manage these large projects in order to move California forward.”
Under AB 1000, mitigation measures that would allow a project to be within 750 feet of a project include standards related to zero-emission energy, zero-emission vehicles, transportation infrastructure and operation requirements such as a commitment to reducing truck idling in adjacent neighborhoods. The Good Neighbor Policy, as introduced, is expected to be in print within the next couple of weeks. A fact sheet can be found at a50.asmdc.org/GoodNeighbor and the site will be regularly updated, including an announcement when the language is available.
Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes is the Majority Leader of the California State Assembly, representing Assembly District 50, which includes the cities of Colton, Fontana, Loma Linda, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands and San Bernardino, as well as unincorporated Bloomington.