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July 2, 2013 > Smart growth bill advances

Smart growth bill advances

Submitted By Sergio Reyes

Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay) announces that SB 359 passed from the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on June 24, 2013. This bipartisan bill encourages locating businesses and services closer to the daily needs of local residents by supporting qualifying projects in communities throughout California.

Specifically, SB 359 allows a mixed-use project that includes up to 25% of the total floor area of the project with neighborhood-serving goods, services and retail uses - primarily small businesses and local projects - to be eligible for the California Environmental Quality (CEQA) residential infill exemption, as long as the project meets all other requirements.

Local communities in California are increasingly supporting these innovative smart growth designs that incorporate ground-floor neighborhood-serving uses on the bottom floor, with residential housing on the floors above.

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