California Legislation and Regulations to Watch in 2024
West Coast Land Use and Environment attorney Chelsea Maclean was quoted in a Law360 article discussing new California laws targeting the state's housing crisis. The article examines significant legislative and regulatory developments in California for 2024, including those related to privacy, employment, consumer protection and environmental regulation. Ms. Maclean commented on the intent of AB 1449 and AB 1287, which aim to facilitate affordable housing developments by exempting certain projects from extensive environmental reviews and providing density bonuses.
She explained that AB 1449 exempts certain affordable housing projects from an environmental impact review typically required by the state, adding that the law will create new opportunities for below-market rate housing that could help mitigate California's housing crisis.
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