SACRAMENTO — A state invoice to exchange floor parking heaps with housing at East Bay and San Francisco BART stations handed the California Senate on Thursday, propelling the proposal one step nearer to changing into legislation.
After a passionate debate on the Senate flooring, the invoice handed 26-13.
“That is about the way forward for our state,” stated state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco. “It’s about our youngsters and our grandkids and whether or not they’re going to have a spot to reside.”
Championed by housing, transit and enterprise pursuits however fought by some cities and others cautious of shedding native management over land-use selections, Meeting Invoice 2923 would drive cities and counties to zone BART property in accordance with an formidable coverage the transit company adopted in 2016. That coverage requires 20,000 new residences and city houses — 35 p.c of them to be rented at beneath market price, system-wide — by 2040.
Maybe extra considerably, the invoice would additionally fast-track the approvals of such developments, a course of that has been recognized to take many years. One of many adjustments to the invoice final week, a concession to opponents, would make that provision solely relevant to initiatives which might be no multiple story greater than the tallest buildings allowed within the surrounding space.
The proposal was additionally modified to require a replacement-parking coverage making certain that suburban stations stay accessible to commuters who drive to the station.
The invoice’s authors, Assemblymen David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Tim Grayson, D-Harmony, say it might alleviate each the scarcity of inexpensive housing and — by permitting extra folks to commute by prepare — the horrific site visitors that has solely worsened as staff are compelled to reside additional afield to seek out houses they will afford.
Opponents, together with Lafayette’s mayor Don Tatzin and state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, say the proposal provides the transit company unprecedented land-use authority, when it ought to be specializing in higher working its trains. Additionally they argue that cities are usually not standing in the best way of housing growth at BART and that the invoice will not be mandatory.
In a 15-minute flooring speech that he opened with a narrative a couple of homeless couple he met at a Martinez park, Glazer implored his colleagues to vote towards the invoice, saying it was a misguided effort to ease the housing disaster.
“It’s a sledgehammer,” he stated. “It tramples the rights of cities and cities with no good causes.”
The amended invoice subsequent goes again to the Meeting — which handed an earlier model — for closing approval. It will then would go to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. The governor has till Sept. 30 to signal or veto payments.