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California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 2685

Introduced by Assembly Member Lopez

February 19, 2016

An act to amend Section 65585 of the Government Code, relating to housing.


AB 2685, as amended, Lopez. Housing elements: adoption.

The Planning and Zoning Law requires a city or county to adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical development of the city or county and of any land outside its boundaries that bears relation to its planning. That law also requires the general plan to contain specified mandatory elements, including a housing element for the preservation, improvement, and development of housing. Existing law prescribes requirements for the preparation of the housing element, including a requirement that a planning agency submit a draft of the element or draft amendment to the element to the Department of Housing and Community Development prior to the adoption of the element or amendment to the element.

This bill would require the planning agencybegin insert staffend insert tobegin delete circulateend deletebegin insert collect and compileend insert public commentsbegin insert and provide them to each member of the legislative bodyend insert prior to the adoption of the housing element. By increasing the duties of local officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Section 65585 of the Government Code is
2amended to read:



(a) In the preparation of its housing element, each city
4and county shall consider the guidelines adopted by the department
5pursuant to Section 50459 of the Health and Safety Code. Those
6guidelines shall be advisory to each city or county in the
7preparation of its housing element.

8(b) (1) At least 90 days prior to adoption of its housing element,
9or at least 60 days prior to the adoption of an amendment to this
10element, the planning agency shall submit a draft element or draft
11amendment to the department.

12(2) The planning agencybegin insert staffend insert shallbegin delete circulateend deletebegin insert collect and compile
13theend insert
public commentsbegin insert regarding the housing elementend insert received by
14begin insert the city, county, or city and county, and provide these comments
15to each member ofend insert
the legislative body before it adopts the housing

17(3) The department shall review the draft and report its written
18findings to the planning agency within 90 days of its receipt of the
19draft in the case of an adoption or within 60 days of its receipt in
20the case of a draft amendment.

21(c) In the preparation of its findings, the department may consult
22with any public agency, group, or person. The department shall
23receive and consider any written comments from any public
24agency, group, or person regarding the draft or adopted element
25or amendment under review.

26(d) In its written findings, the department shall determine
27whether the draft element or draft amendment substantially
28complies with this article.

29(e) Prior to the adoption of its draft element or draft amendment,
30the legislative body shall consider the findings made by the
P3    1department. If the department’s findings are not available within
2the time limits set by this section, the legislative body may act
3without them.

4(f) If the department finds that the draft element or draft
5amendment does not substantially comply with this article, the
6legislative body shall take one of the following actions:

7(1) Change the draft element or draft amendment to substantially
8comply with this article.

9(2) Adopt the draft element or draft amendment without changes.
10The legislative body shall include in its resolution of adoption
11written findings which explain the reasons the legislative body
12believes that the draft element or draft amendment substantially
13complies with this article despite the findings of the department.

14(g) Promptly following the adoption of its element or
15amendment, the planning agency shall submit a copy to the

17(h) The department shall, within 90 days, review adopted
18housing elements or amendments and report its findings to the
19planning agency.


SEC. 2.  

No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
21Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
22a local agency or school district has the authority to levy service
23charges, fees, or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or
24level of service mandated by this act, within the meaning of Section
2517556 of the Government Code.