2018 Housing Killers:
- AB 2447 (Reyes) – AB 2447 proposes a gross expansion of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by inserting social issues into a statute that was intended to cover environmental analysis and mitigation. The bill usurps local government land use authority by adopting a blanket prohibition on the approval of housing projects that violate its new statutory provisions, even when all feasible mitigation has been adopted. The CEQA statute requires disclosure and mitigation but leaves local governments to determine project approvals once all feasible mitigation has been incorporated. AB 2447 is a massive departure from the original intent of CEQA and virtually compels the denial of housing projects in those areas that need it the most.
- AB 2648 (Friedman) – AB 2648 opens home builders up to unlimited liability by completely eliminating the 10-year construction defect statute of limitations when it comes to water contamination allegations. The bill is unnecessary as there are already a wealth of legal options for an injured party to seek redress and it would allow for additional frivolous construction defect lawsuits which would be costly for homebuilders and therefore costly for home buyers.