ARTICLE 9. Transit Priority Project Program [65470. - 65470.]

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  • 65470.

    (a)(1)It is the intent of the Legislature to provide a process for cities and counties to create development patterns in the form of transit priority projects that comply with Chapter 4.2 (commencing with Section 21155) of Division 13 of the Public Resources Code, create jobs, reduce vehicle miles traveled, expand the availability of accessible open-space, build the density needed for transit viability, and meet regional housing targets.

    (2)It is the intent of the Legislature that, when implemented, a Transit Priority Project Program will help a development project in meeting the standards for expedited review under paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 65950.

    (b)(1)A city or county may participate in the Transit Priority Project Program by adopting an ordinance indicating its intent to participate in the program and by forming an infrastructure financing district pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 53395) of Chapter 2.8 of Part 1 of Title 5.

    (2)Nothing in this article shall be construed to add to the definitions of or to the requirements to implement Chapter 4.2 (commencing with Section 21155) of Division 13 of the Public Resources Code.

    (c)If a city or county elects to participate in the program by adopting the ordinance described in subdivision (b) and forms an infrastructure financing district, the city or county shall amend, if necessary, the general plan and any related specific plan to authorize participating developers to build at an increased height of a minimum of three stories within the boundaries of the infrastructure financing district created pursuant to subdivision (b).

    (d)A Transit Priority Project Program development project shall meet all of the following requirements:

    (1)Is located in a designated transit priority project and within one-half of one mile of a transit station, pursuant to Section 21155 of the Public Resources Code.

    (2)Is located within a zone in which buildings of three stories or more are authorized.

    (3)Meets State Air Resources Board land use guidelines with respect to distance from major emitters.

    (4)Provides onsite bicycle parking.

    (5)Provides for car sharing if a car sharing program is available in the city or county. The car sharing area may be onsite, or the developer may pay a fee to the city or county to cover the cost of providing for car sharing at an offsite location near the project. The developer shall provide one car share for the first 20 units and one car share for every 50 units thereafter.

    (6)Provides unbundled parking.

    (7)Provides to all units transit passes for 10 years as part of the rent or condo fees if transit passes are available from local providers.

    (8)Provides to tenants recycling for bottles, cans, paper, and plastic containers.

    (9)Provides open space onsite, including, but not limited to, accessible roof gardens, or pays a fee into a fund established for local open space. The fee shall not exceed 10 cents ($0.10) per square foot.

    (10)Provides 20 percent affordable units in rental or owner occupied housing for low- or moderate-income persons and families, or pays a fee in an amount equivalent to the cost to provide affordable units elsewhere within the city's or county's jurisdiction, as determined by the city or county. The developer shall require, by covenants or restrictions, that the housing units built pursuant to this paragraph shall remain available at affordable housing cost to, and occupied by, persons and families of low- or moderate-income households for the longest feasible time, but for not less than 55 years for rental units and 45 years for owner-occupied units.

    (11)Pays prevailing wages to construction workers for residential projects over 100 units pursuant to Sections 1770, 1773, and 1773.1 of the Labor Code.

    (12)For purposes of this subdivision, "unbundled parking" means renting a parking space for the residential units separately from the residential units, or pays a fee to the appropriate local transit management fund to cover one-half of the cost to provide a parking space.

    (e)(1)A development project that meets the criteria established in subdivision (d) shall comply with any local design guidelines that were adopted prior to the submission of the project application.

    (2)The infrastructure financing district formed pursuant to subdivision (b) may reimburse a developer of a project that is consistent with the requirements established in subdivision (d) for any permit costs, or costs associated with the construction of the affordable housing units required pursuant to paragraph (10) of subdivision (d).

    (f)This article shall not apply to a city or county that has adopted language in its charter or by ordinance or resolution that does either of the following:

    (1)Provides that the requirements of Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 1720) of Part 7 of Division 2 of the Labor Code do not apply to some or all work awarded or funded by the city or county that would otherwise be subject to those requirements.

    (2)Prohibits a contractor, subcontractor, or other person or firm engaged in the construction, rehabilitation, alteration, conversion, extension, maintenance, repair, or improvement of public works, from executing or otherwise becoming a party to any prehire, collective bargaining, or similar agreement entered into with one or more labor organizations, employees, or employee representatives that establishes the terms and conditions of employment on a construction project, or the city or county from incorporating such an agreement into the bid specifications or contract for a construction project, or the governing body of the city or county from deciding that the city or county should enter into such an agreement for a particular construction project or projects. is a free resource provided by the Foundation for Continuing Justice, a California based non-profit law firm.