BILL NUMBER: AB 1641 AMENDED
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY MAY 11, 2010
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY APRIL 5, 2010
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY FEBRUARY 24, 2010
INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Hall
JANUARY 11, 2010
An act to amend Sections 33020, 33030, 33320.1, and
33320.2 of the An act to add Sections 33038.5 and
33331.4 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
AB 1641, as amended, Hall. Redevelopment: City of Los
Angeles public housing projects. blighted areas.
The Community Redevelopment Law authorizes the establishment of
redevelopment agencies in communities in order to address the effects
of blight, as defined, in those communities and requires those
agencies to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and approve a
redevelopment plan for each area. Existing law defines the
term "redevelopment" for these purposes and specifies the scope of
activities that the term includes The Legislature has
found and declared that blighted areas may include housing areas
constructed as temporary government-owned wartime housing projects,
which may be characterized by one or more of the physical and
economic conditions that cause blight .
This bill would make the legislative finding and declaration that
blighted areas may include housing areas constructed as
government-owned housing projects constructed prior to January 1,
1960. The bill would require a redevelopment agency undertaking
activities and funding involving the described housing areas to
comply with the Community Redevelopment Law, in addition to new
project requirements relating to the inclusion of replacement
dwelling units of all existing public housing. The bill would
authorize a project in these areas to include the development of
other housing, including privately owned housing units available to
persons and families of low and moderate income and workforce
market-rate housing units.
This bill would revise the term redevelopment to include the
redevelopment of a public housing project in the City of Los Angeles
that is owned by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and
consists primarily of buildings constructed prior to January 1,
1960. The bill would also characterize the public housing project as
a blighted area.
This bill would state the findings and declarations of the
Legislature concerning the need for special legislation.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. Section 33038.5 is added to the
Health and Safety Code , to read:
33038.5. The Legislature finds and declares that blighted areas
may include housing areas constructed as government-owned housing
projects constructed prior to January 1, 1960, and that these areas
may be characterized by one or more of the conditions enumerated in
SEC. 2. Section 33331.5 is added to the
Health and Safety Code , to read:
33331.5. (a) A redevelopment agency undertaking activities and
funding involving property described in Section 33038.5 shall comply
with all of the requirements of this part, except as specifically
modified in subdivision (b).
(b) In addition to the requirements specified in subdivision (a),
the following apply:
(1) The project shall include the replacement, on at least a
one-to-one basis, of all existing public housing units. The
replacement dwelling units shall be affordable to, and occupied by,
extremely low, very low, and lower income households as defined in
Sections 50106, 50105, and 50079.5, respectively, at the same or
lower income level as the household displaced from the public housing
units, for at least 55 years.
(2) The replacement dwelling units may be either publicly or
privately owned and meet both of the following requirements:
(A) Be located either inside the project area, or within a
five-mile radius of the parcel containing the public housing that is
(B) Shall be, for each income level described in paragraph (1), a
unit type as required by the displaced household.
(c) No household shall be displaced under this section unless they
are given priority for a permanent replacement dwelling unit created
pursuant to this section at the initial time of relocation. This
subdivision does not apply if the household, having been given
priority for a replacement dwelling unit under this part, voluntarily
chooses not to accept the replacement dwelling unit.
(d) The project may include both of the following:
(1) The development of additional privately owned housing units
that will be available to and occupied by persons and families of low
or moderate income, as defined in Section 50093, including very low
income households, as defined in Section 50105, at an affordable
housing cost, as defined in Section 50025.5.
(2) Workforce market-rate housing units, retail services,
commercial, industrial, educational, recreational, and other uses as
may be appropriate to serve the residents of the area, and public
improvements inside or adjacent to the project area.
SECTION 1. Section 33020 of the Health and
Safety Code is amended to read:
33020. "Redevelopment" means the planning, development,
replanning, redesign, clearance, reconstruction, or rehabilitation,
or any combination of these, of all or part of a survey area, and the
provision of those residential, commercial, industrial, public, or
other structures or spaces as may be appropriate or necessary in the
interest of the general welfare, including recreational and other
facilities incidental or appurtenant to them and payments to school,
the redevelopment of public housing, as defined in Section 33320.1,
and community college districts in the fiscal years specified in
Sections 33681, 33681.5, 33681.7, 33681.9, and 33681.12.
SEC. 2. Section 33030 of the Health and Safety
Code is amended to read:
33030. (a) It is found and declared that there exist in many
communities blighted areas that constitute physical and economic
liabilities, requiring redevelopment in the interest of the health,
safety, and general welfare of the people of these communities and of
(b) A blighted area is one that contains both of the following:
(1) An area that is predominantly urbanized, as that term is
defined in Section 33320.1, and is an area in which the combination
of conditions set forth in Section 33031 is so prevalent and so
substantial that it causes a reduction of, or lack of, proper
utilization of the area to such an extent that it constitutes a
serious physical and economic burden on the community that cannot
reasonably be expected to be reversed or alleviated by private
enterprise or governmental action, or both, without redevelopment.
(2) An area that is characterized by one or more conditions set
forth in any paragraph of subdivision (a) of Section 33031 and one or
more conditions set forth in any paragraph of subdivision (b) of
(c) A blighted area that contains the conditions described in
subdivision (b) may also be characterized by the existence of
inadequate public improvements or inadequate water or sewer
(d) A blighted area may also be a public housing project, as
defined in Section 33320.1.
SEC. 3. Section 33320.1 of the Health and
Safety Code is amended to read:
33320.1. (a) "Project area" means, except as provided in Section
33320.2, 33320.3, 33320.4, or 33492.3, a predominantly urbanized area
of a community that is a blighted area, the redevelopment of which
is necessary to effectuate the public purposes declared in this part,
and that is selected by the planning commission pursuant to Section
(b) As used in this section, "predominantly urbanized" means that
not less than 80 percent of the land in the project area is either of
(1) Has been or is developed for urban uses.
(2) Is an integral part of one or more areas developed for urban
uses that are surrounded or substantially surrounded by parcels that
have been or are developed for urban uses. Parcels separated by only
an improved right-of-way shall be deemed adjacent for the purpose of
this subdivision. Parcels that are not blighted shall not be included
in the project area for the purpose of obtaining the allocation of
taxes from the area pursuant to Section 33670 without other
substantial justification for their inclusion.
(c) For the purposes of this section, a parcel of property as
shown on the official maps of the county assessor is developed if
that parcel is developed in a manner that is consistent with zoning
standards or is otherwise permitted under law.
(d) The requirement that a project be predominantly urbanized
shall apply only to a project area for which a final redevelopment
plan is adopted on or after January 1, 1984, or to an area that is
added to a project area by an amendment to a redevelopment plan,
which amendment is adopted on or after January 1, 1984.
(e) "Public housing project" means any property within a public
housing project in the City of Los Angeles that is owned by the
Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and consists primarily
of buildings constructed prior to January 1, 1960.
(f) "Redevelopment of public housing" means redevelopment, as
defined in Section 33020, that results in the removal or
rehabilitation and replacement of existing public housing project
buildings with master-planned, mixed-income, and mixed-use projects
that do all of the following:
(1) Include the replacement, on at least a one-to-one basis, of
all existing public housing units with publicly or privately owned
dwelling units, either inside or outside the project area, containing
an equal or greater number of bedrooms as the replaced public
housing units, which shall be available to and occupied by persons
and families of lower income and very low income at an affordable
housing cost in the same or lower income level as the persons
displaced from the public housing units.
(2) May include the development of additional privately owned
housing units that will be available to and occupied by persons and
families of low and moderate income, including very low income
households, at an affordable housing cost.
(3) May include workforce market-rate housing units, retail
services, commercial, industrial, educational, recreational, and
other uses as may be appropriate to serve the residents of the area,
and public improvements inside or adjacent to the project area.
(4) Subjects the construction of privately owned components of the
project to applicable community benefits requirements of the
redevelopment agency and housing authority.
SEC. 4. Section 33320.2 of the Health and
Safety Code is amended to read:
33320.2. (a) The area included within a project and a project
area may be either contiguous or noncontiguous. All noncontiguous
areas of a project area shall be either blighted or necessary for
effective redevelopment. An unblighted, noncontiguous area shall be
conclusively deemed necessary for effective redevelopment if that
area is being used predominantly for any of the following:
(1) The relocation of owners or tenants from other noncontiguous
areas in the same project area or from other project areas in the
(2) The construction and rehabilitation of low- or
(3) The redevelopment of public housing, as defined in Section
(b) An unblighted, noncontiguous area shall be deemed not
necessary for effective redevelopment if that area is included for
the purpose of obtaining the allocation of taxes from such area
pursuant to Section 33670 without other substantial justification for
(c) The redevelopment agency shall not use the power of eminent
domain for acquisition of property, other than vacant land, in
noncontiguous, unblighted areas.
SEC. 5. The Legislature finds and declares that
a special law is necessary and that a general law cannot be made
applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the
California Constitution because of unique circumstances pertaining to
the City of Los Angeles.