SPUR leads Bay Area coalition in support of state legislation streamlining sustainable development

Policy Letter

SPUR is leading a coalition in support of Senate Bill 7, the Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act of 2021, authored by Senate President pro Tempore, Toni Atkins, which would extend for four years the end date of the AB 900 Environmental Leadership Development Projects program. The program provides expedited CEQA administrative and judicial review for projects with a minimum investment of $100 million that are certified LEED Gold or better and achieve a 15 percent greater standard for transportation efficiency than for comparable projects.

Over the past decade, this program has been responsible for facilitating more than a dozen major mixed-use developments across the state, and proposed projects include thousands of units of market-rate and affordable housing. In addition, the bill has been amended to lower the minimum investment threshold for qualifying infill housing projects to $15 million.