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|AB 667 — “Permit Streamlining Act” aka Excessive Environmental Impact Reports|
|Analysis||The Permit Streamlining Act within the Planning and Zoning Law requires the lead agency that has the principal responsibility for approving a development project, as defined, to approve or disapprove the project within a specified number of days from the date of certification of an environmental impact report, the date of the adoption of a negative declaration, or the determination by the lead agency that the project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act. This bill would, in addition, require a city, county, or city and county, including a charter city, prior to approving or disapproving a proposed development project that would permit the construction of a superstore retailer, as defined, to cause an economic impact report to be prepared, as specified, to be paid for by the project applicant, and that includes specified assessments and projections, including, among other things, an assessment of the effect that the proposed superstore will have on specified designated economic assistance areas, as defined, and an assessment of the effect that the proposed superstore will have on retail operations and employment in the same market area. The bill would also require the governing body to provide an opportunity for public comment on the economic impact report. By increasing the duties of local public officials, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would additionally find and declare that these provisions are an issue of statewide concern and not a municipal affair. 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.
At first glance, the Permit Streamlining Act is attractive in that it requires local municipalities to make a decision on a project within a designated time period in order to prevent a long, drawn out process. However, this bill requires an excessive EIR (environmental impact report) in addition to the EIR that the local municipality already requires thereby making it more expensive and difficult for the project to be approved and burdens development even more.
|Status||Passed Assembly. Died in Senate committee.|
John A. Pérez
V. Manuel Pérez