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September 10, 2013 > Assembly approves bipartisan Smart Growth Bill

Assembly approves bipartisan Smart Growth Bill

Submitted By Sergio Reyes

Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay) announced September 3, 2013, that SB 359 passed from the Assembly with strong bipartisan support. This bill encourages locating businesses and services closer to the day to day needs of local residents by supporting eligible projects in communities throughout California.

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

"By helping situate day to day services such as stores, banks or coffee shops close to where local residents actually live, SB 359 will help improve overall air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California," Senator Corbett said. "Clearly, walking or biking to the corner store or coffee shop is a cleaner and greener alternative to traveling by car. I thank my legislative colleagues for supporting the smart growth principles promoted by SB 359 and am hopeful that Governor Brown will also appreciate the importance of this bill."

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