UPDATE @ 10:46 A.M. THURSDAY: Skinner pulled the bill from consideration at the last minute, apparently because it didn’t have enough votes on the committee. Tomorrow (Friday, July 6) is the deadline to move bills out of policy committees, so it’s unlikely the bill will advance this year.
This controversial bill would have reduced parking requirements near major transit stops. it was opposed by many cities and counties. We should thank Senators Yee and DeSaulnier for their support in quashing it.
By James Brasuell :la.curbed – excerpt – to comment hit the quote
The American Planning Association has made surprise objections to AB 904, a state bill that would lower parking minimums for housing and commercial projects adjacent to transit. An updated version of last year’s AB 710, which failed to pass the State Senate, AB 904 appears to be an urban planner’s dream come true: the bill would require cities to reduce parking requirements in transit-rich neighborhoods in the hopes of lowering the cost of construction and making housing and commercial buildings easier to build in areas served by public transit..
Last year’s AB 710 died because of opposition from affordable housing advocates and the League of California Cities; the latter has already expressed opposition to the new version of the bill because it “prohibit(s) communities from determining the level of sufficient parking appropriate for their neighborhoods.”…
B 904 already passed the Assembly in January, with a unanimous vote. The bill is expected to appear before the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on June 27. If you want to bone up on the issue ahead of the next round of hearings, the California Infill Builders Association has posted an FAQ sheet about the bill on its website (pdf)..
It is time for the voters who opposed the anti-car attitude to speak up and stop this madness. The breakdown in BART last week brought most of us to a rude awakening that we cannot rely on pubic transit for all our needs. When one system goes down they are all impacted. We need a balanced transit plan that includes cars and parking spaces.
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