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Berman bill would limit cities’ ability to tack on fees to housing developments

Cities will no longer be able to tack on impact fees to housing units that developers produce through California’s density-bonus program under legislation proposed by state Assembly member Marc Berman, D-Menlo Park…

…Sponsored by the California Housing Consortium and the California Housing Partnership, AB 2006 would require the three state agencies to enter into a memorandum of understanding to ensure that only one entity will conduct physical inspections for a particular project, which eliminates the need for a developer to submit duplicate information to different entities and establishes a single process for projects to obtain the needed state approvals.

“By streamlining the oversight currently handled by multiple state housing agencies, this smart bill will make it less expensive and time-consuming for the state’s private sector partners to provide affordable homes for those in need,” Matt Schwartz, president and CEO of the California Housing Partnership, said in a statement.