Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell Announces Opposition to SB 35

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Proposed legislation may take away local control on development.

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell issued the following statement Thursday:

“Senate Bill 35 is bad for Long Beach and bad for California. This bill has the potential to significantly restrict the ability of California cities to control new development within their boundaries. We should not plan cities or approve new local developments from Sacramento. This bill threatens neighborhoods by allowing developers to build “by right,” meaning new projects will not be shaped by community input, but instead by state-imposed planning law. Cities will be forced to approve new developments without any public input as to how they look or fit in with surrounding neighborhoods.

There are neighborhoods in and around Long Beach that serve as an example of what happens when neighborhoods are up-zoned without the parking, schools, or services to support the massive increase in density. This experience leads me to oppose SB 35.”     

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Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.