Governor Brown Signs Subdivision Map Extension Legislation

CBIA's Government Affairs team is reporting that Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 208, authored by Assemblyman Fuentes (D-Sylmar).  The legislation statutorily extends the life of tentative subdivision maps that would have expired prior to January 1, 2014.

The Governor's action protects nearly 2,500 approved tentative tract maps representing nearly 330,000 housing units that are currently approved but have been stalled due to depressed housing markets and a stubborn economy.  AB 208 provides an additional 24-month extension to expiring maps and will seamlessly benefit projects that were extended by 24 months back in 2009 by way of AB 333 (Fuentes).

CBIA and the Riverside BIA would like to thank the bill’s author, Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, for his leadership and steadfast support of our industry.  CBIA and the Riverside BIA would also like to recognize Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), who played a critical role throughout the process as the bill's jockey on the Senate Floor last week, along with the bill’s co-authors:   Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries (R-Riverside), Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego), Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), Assemblyman Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-Baldwin Park), Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita), and Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose).

The team at CBIA and the Riverside BIA would also like to thank Governor Jerry Brown and his staff for recognizing the importance and urgency of this critical legislation.  We encourage you to write the Governor and the author of the bill to express appreciation for their efforts to assist the industry, particularly if a project of yours has been aided.

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CBIA Seeks Two Year Extension for Subdivision Maps

Keeping projects afloat and subdivision maps alive is a top 2011 legislative priority for the Riverside BIA's state affiliate, the California Building Industry Association.  CBIA is sponsoring AB 208 by Assembly Member Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar) which would statutorily extend tentative subdivision and parcel maps for an additional 24 months.

The measure builds on the previous 24-month map extension approved by the Legislature and Governor Schwarzenegger in 2009 (AB 333 – Fuentes), as well as SB 1185 (A. Lowenthal), a 12-month extension approved in 2008.  Both measures were approved in the hope that the housing economy would rebound.  Unfortunately, state unemployment sits at more than 12%, the state’s housing starts are near all-time lows and the forecast for 2011 housing starts only shows modest improvement.  

AB 208 is key to keeping projects on-line as housing markets slowly recover.

As introduced, AB 208 has a bi-partisan list of early co-authors, including Assembly Member Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego), Assembly Member Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), Assembly Member Roger Hernandez (D- West Covina), Assembly Member Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Assembly Member and Chair of the Assembly Local Government Committee, Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita), Assembly Member Nora Campos (D-San Jose), as well as Senator Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando Valley).

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