BILL NUMBER: AB 987	ENROLLED
	BILL TEXT

	PASSED THE SENATE  AUGUST 23, 2010
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  AUGUST 25, 2010
	AMENDED IN SENATE  AUGUST 18, 2010
	AMENDED IN SENATE  MAY 20, 2010
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  JANUARY 4, 2010
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 14, 2009

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Ma

                        FEBRUARY 27, 2009

   An act to amend Sections 65460.1, 65460.2, and 65460.4 of the
Government Code, relating to transit village development planning.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 987, Ma. Transit village development districts.
   (1) Existing law, the Transit Village Development Planning Act of
1994, authorizes a city or county to create a transit village plan
for a transit village development district. A transit village
development district is required to include all land within not less
than 1/4 mile of the exterior boundary of the parcel on which is
located a transit station, as defined.
   This bill would recast the area included in a transit village
development district to include all land within not more than 1/2
mile of the main entrance of a transit station and make additional
legislative findings. The bill also would make technical,
nonsubstantive changes.
   (2) This bill would incorporate additional changes in Section
65460.2 of the Government Code, proposed by AB 2509, to be operative
only if AB 2509 and this bill are both chaptered and become effective
on or before January 1, 2011, and this bill is chaptered last.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 65460.1 of the Government Code is amended to
read:
   65460.1.  (a) The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the
following:
   (1) Federal, state, and local governments in California are
investing in new and expanded transit systems in areas throughout the
state, including Los Angeles County, the San Francisco Bay area, San
Diego County, Santa Clara County, and Sacramento County.
   (2) This public investment in transit is unrivaled in the state's
history and represents well over ten billion dollars
($10,000,000,000) in planned investment alone.
   (3) Recent studies of transit ridership in California indicate
that persons who live within a one-half-mile radius of transit
stations utilize the transit system in far greater numbers than does
the general public living elsewhere.
   (4) The greater use of public transit facilitated by the
development of transit villages improves local street, road, and
highway congestion by providing viable alternatives to automobile
use.
   (5) The development of transit village development districts can
improve environmental conditions by increasing the use of public
transit, facilitating the creation of and improvement to walkable,
mixed-use communities, and decreasing automobile use.
   (6) The development of transit village development districts
throughout the state should be environmentally conscious and
sustainable, and related construction should meet or exceed the
requirements of the California Green Building Standards Code, Part 11
of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, or its successor
code.
   (7) Only a few transit stations in California have any
concentration of housing proximate to the station.
   (8) Interest in clustering housing and commercial development
around transit stations, called transit villages, has gained momentum
in recent years.
   (b) For purposes of this article, the following definitions shall
apply:
   (1) "Bus hub" means an intersection of three or more bus routes,
with a minimum route headway of 10 minutes during peak hours.
   (2) "Bus transfer station" means an arrival, departure, or
transfer point for the area's intercity, intraregional, or
interregional bus service having permanent investment in multiple bus
docking facilities, ticketing services, and passenger shelters.
   (3) "District" means a transit village development district as
defined in Section 65460.4.
   (4) "Peak hours" means the time between 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.,
inclusive, and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., inclusive, Monday through Friday.
   (5) "Transit station" means a rail or light-rail station, ferry
terminal, bus hub, or bus transfer station.
  SEC. 2.  Section 65460.2 of the Government Code is amended to read:

   65460.2.  A city or county may prepare a transit village plan for
a transit village development district that addresses the following
characteristics:
   (a) A neighborhood centered around a transit station that is
planned and designed so that residents, workers, shoppers, and others
find it convenient and attractive to patronize transit.
   (b) A mix of housing types, including apartments, within not more
than one-half mile of the main entrance of the transit station.
   (c) Other land uses, including a retail district oriented to the
transit station and civic uses, including day care centers and
libraries.
   (d) Pedestrian and bicycle access to the transit station, with
attractively designed and landscaped pathways.
   (e) A transit system that should encourage and facilitate
intermodal service, and access by modes other than single occupant
vehicles.
   (f) Demonstrable public benefits beyond the increase in transit
usage, including any five of the following:
   (1) Relief of traffic congestion.
   (2) Improved air quality.
   (3) Increased transit revenue yields.
   (4) Increased stock of affordable housing.
   (5) Redevelopment of depressed and marginal inner-city
neighborhoods.
   (6) Live-travel options for transit-needy groups.
   (7) Promotion of infill development and preservation of natural
resources.
   (8) Promotion of a safe, attractive, pedestrian-friendly
environment around transit stations.
   (9) Reduction of the need for additional travel by providing for
the sale of goods and services at transit stations.
   (10) Promotion of job opportunities.
   (11) Improved cost-effectiveness through the use of the existing
infrastructure.
   (12) Increased sales and property tax revenue.
   (13) Reduction in energy consumption.
   (g) Sites where a density bonus of at least 25 percent may be
granted pursuant to specified performance standards.
   (h) Other provisions that may be necessary, based on the report
prepared pursuant to subdivision (b) of former Section 14045, as
enacted by Section 3 of Chapter 1304 of the Statutes of 1990.
  SEC. 2.5.  Section 65460.2 of the Government Code is amended to
read:
   65460.2.  A city or county may prepare a transit village plan for
a transit village development district that addresses the following
characteristics:
   (a) A neighborhood centered around a transit station that is
planned and designed so that residents, workers, shoppers, and others
find it convenient and attractive to patronize transit.
   (b) A mix of housing types, including apartments, within not more
than one-half mile of the main entrance of the transit station.
   (c) Other land uses, including a retail district oriented to the
transit station and civic uses, including day care centers and
libraries.
   (d) Pedestrian and bicycle access to the transit station, with
attractively designed and landscaped pathways.
   (e) A transit system that should encourage and facilitate
intermodal service, and access by modes other than single occupant
vehicles.
   (f) Demonstrable public benefits beyond the increase in transit
usage, including any five of the following:
   (1) Relief of traffic congestion.
   (2) Improved air quality.
   (3) Increased transit revenue yields.
   (4) Increased stock of affordable housing.
   (5) Redevelopment of depressed and marginal inner-city
neighborhoods.
   (6) Live-travel options for transit-needy groups.
   (7) Promotion of infill development and preservation of natural
resources.
   (8) Promotion of a safe, attractive, pedestrian-friendly
environment around transit stations.
   (9) Reduction of the need for additional travel by providing for
the sale of goods and services at transit stations.
   (10) Promotion of job opportunities.
   (11) Improved cost-effectiveness through the use of the existing
infrastructure.
   (12) Increased sales and property tax revenue.
   (13) Reduction in energy consumption.
   (14) Promote economic development and job creation.
   (g) Sites where a density bonus of at least 25 percent may be
granted pursuant to specified performance standards.
   (h) Other land uses, including educational facilities, that
provide direct linkages for people traveling to and from primary and
secondary education schools, community colleges, and universities.
   (i) Other provisions that may be necessary, based on the report
prepared pursuant to subdivision (b) of former Section 14045, as
enacted by Section 3 of Chapter 1304 of the Statutes of 1990.
  SEC. 3.  Section 65460.4 of the Government Code is amended to read:

   65460.4.  A transit village development district shall include all
land within not more than one-half mile of the main entrance of a
transit station designated by the legislative body of a city, county,
or city and county that has jurisdiction over the station area.
  SEC. 4.  Section 2.5 of this bill incorporates amendments to
Section 65460.2 of the Government Code proposed by both this bill and
AB 2509. It shall only become operative if (1) both bills are
enacted and become effective on or before January 1, 2011, (2) each
bill amends Section 65460.2 of the Government Code, and (3) this bill
is enacted after AB 2509, in which case Section 2 of this bill shall
not become operative.