Land Use Alert: SB 375: How Will California's New Anti-Sprawl Law Impact Future Development In The State?

On September 30, 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 375. In doing so, he stated that the legislation "constitutes the most sweeping revision of land use policies since Governor Ronald Reagan signed the California Environmental Quality Act." SB 375 is intended to, among other things, facilitate accomplishment of the land use sector's contribution toward achieving the goals of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32).

In order to obtain support from the League of Cities, homebuilders, and environmental organizations, it was necessary to modify a number of provisions contained in earlier versions of the bill and, as a result, some suggest that the bill is not as sweeping as advertised. Provided below are a summary of some of the key elements of SB 375 and a discussion of how this legislation may affect future development activities in the State.

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