The San Ramon City Council is set to discuss California’s housing crisis and how state legislation is limiting local control during its regular meeting on Tuesday evening.
City officials will review California Senate Bill 330 -- dubbed the "Housing Crisis Act of 2019" -- and discuss how it will change the development and review process for approving housing projects.
“Senate Bill 330, signed by the governor in October 2019, limits the ability of cities and counties to regulate residential and mixed use housing developments in order to prevent local agencies from putting up new barriers to housing production,” community development director Debbie Chamberlain wrote in a staff report.
Meant to streamline the approval process of housing projects and developments, the new bill will prohibit city officials from conducting more than five hearings reviewing a project -- including continuances from previous meetings -- if the development in question complies with objective general plan and zoning standards, according to Chamberlain.
The bill provides no provisions to allow for a mutually agreeable extension of the five hearing limit, potentially limiting the number and amount of time in which city run commissions and committees can review a given project significantly.
For the actual review process of a project, local jurisdictions are required to create an application checklist and cannot request any items that are not on that checklist, according to Chamberlain. If city staff deem that the application is incomplete then they have 30 days to explain why, effectively limiting jurisdictions to one opportunity to determine whether an application is complete.
Provisions of SB 330 will remain in effect until Jan. 1, 2025.
The City Council is set to hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, in the San Ramon City Hall Council Chambers, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.
In other business
* During Tuesday’s meeting, council members are also set to appoint a group of residents to serve on San Ramon’s Senior Citizen Advisory Committee.
* Reviewing the San Ramon’s financial situation, city officials are set to review an annual audit report for the fiscal year that ended in June 30, 2019.
* City officials then plan to continue their review of San Ramon’s zoning ordinance and will consider making text and mapping amendments in order to establish consistency between the zoning map and existing General Plan land-use designations.
* To close out Tuesday’s meeting, the council will consider approving 2020 City Council liaison appointments to various city and regional committees, foundations and other agencies as well as ex-officio assignments.