We successfully defeated two measures that sought to change statewide land-use policy in a manner that usurped local control and would have stalled many projects.  SB 673 (DeSaulnier-D) required development projects that receive over $1 million in subsidies to complete a state-mandated economic impact report; AB 667 (Hernandez-D) commonly referred to as the “Big Box Ban Bill,” created another layer of bureaucracy for local governments by requiring projects defined as “Superstores” to obtain redundant economic impact and community impact reports before receiving approval.

WE have taken the position that local governments are able to make decisions regarding such projects in a well-informed manner. Under current law, local governments can seek advice from a broad range of other agencies and consultants and regularly require cost-benefit analysis of projects. In 2011, Governor Brown vetoed a similar bill, stating “While I recognize that the merits of large-scale projects need to be carefully considered, plenty of laws are already on the books that enable, and in some cases require, cities and counties to carefully assess whether these projects are in the community’s best interest. This bill would add yet another layer of review to an already cumbersome process.”

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