Council Wants Final Say on SB 35 Housing

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank City Council appears poised to give itself final review authority over housing applications that, through state law, must be approved if they meet city standards.
Council members voted, 4-1, on Tuesday to introduce an ordinance that would give itself final review authority over residential project applications submitted under Senate Bill 35 provisions. The California law, enacted in 2017, allows multifamily housing developments to pursue a review process that effectively bars cities from denying the project unless it conflicts with existing municipal regulations.
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Council Wary of Law’s Impact on Local Housing

A visibly frustrated — and at times, seemingly defeated — City Council dove into the weeds at its meeting on Tuesday as it sought to clarify the requirements of state Senate Bill 35 and its potential repercussions on housing density across Burbank neighborhoods.
Ultimately, however, the council voted 5-0 to resume discussion of the subject at its next meeting, on Sept. 14, after requesting that the city staff provide more details on the bill’s language and key provisions.
SB 35, which took effect in 2018, streamlines approval of housing development project applications that meet specified criteria, bypassing the conditional use permit requirement in cities — like Burbank — that have failed to develop enough residential units as required under the Regional Housing Needs Assessment. The legislation essentially removes local control in the approval process and prohibits the often nuanced decision making through which the council and Planning Commission decide if a proposed development is appropriate for a site or meets a neighborhood’s character. Continue reading “Council Wary of Law’s Impact on Local Housing”

Housing Proposals Prompt Burbank Insistence on Local Control

The Burbank City Council unanimously agreed this week to adopt a resolution opposing potential state legislation they believe would lessen the city’s ability to make housing development decisions. (Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader)

Keeping with its traditional stance, the Burbank City Council voted this week to oppose proposed California legislation that members said would threaten local control of housing development.
Council members voted unanimously on Tuesday to adopt a resolution reaffirming Burbank’s desire to retain authority over local housing. That resolution will go to the offices of state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman and Sen. Anthony Portantino, whose districts include Burbank. They and the rest of the California Legislature will reconvene on Monday.

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