The Cupertino Legislative Action Committee is hosting a virtual meeting Sept. 9 with Congresswoman Buffy Wicks to discuss AB 2011 — a bill she authored that would accelerate housing development on commercially zoned land across California and create more affordable units.
AB 2011 allows developers to turn office buildings, parking lots or commercial strips into 100% affordable housing or mixed-income housing – as long as they pay prevailing wages to construction workers and provide health care to anyone working in a building of 50 or more units.
Notably, the bill also allows developers to avoid lengthy and costly local review processes, including California’s Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The legislation was sponsored by the California Conference of Carpenters and the California Housing Consortium.
The bill passed the California Senate 33-0 last week and passed the House by a majority. He is now heading to Governor Gavin Newsom’s office for a signature or veto before September 30.
If Governor Newsom signs the bill, it will become the Affordable Housing and Roadside Jobs Act of 2022 and come into effect on July 1, 2022.
Congresswoman Buffy Wicks represents the East Bay in the California State Assembly, her districts cover the communities of Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond.
Registration for the Sept. 9 meeting can be found on the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce website.