The California Association of Realtors this week applauded a "build by right" proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown that Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and the League of California Cities oppose.
Brown's plan would allow proposed land use decisions by developers to occur without any public review or public hearings and would give city and county staffs the decision-making authority over elected city councils and county boards of supervisors.
"The governor's 'By Right Housing Proposal' pre-empts local discretionary land use approvals, eliminates opportunities for public review of projects and project-level environmental review and restricts design review," City Manager Nelson Fialho states in a report to be presented to the Pleasanton City Council tonight.
"These factors support the city taking an 'oppose' position to the governor's proposal," Fialho added.
If approved by the council, the city's opposition will be conveyed to Brown in a letter from Thorne, who also is a member of the League of California Cities.
Pleasanton's opposition, which is expected to be among similar concerns sent to the governor by many California cities and counties, comes on the heels of an endorsement of Brown's bill by the California Association of Realtors, which favors the "build by right" proposal.
"CAR recognizes the urgency of California's housing crisis and fully supports Gov. Brown's efforts to reduce development costs and improve the pace of housing production," said the organization's president Pat "Ziggy" Zicarelli.
Zicarelli added. "We encourage the Legislature to include this proposal in its final state budget."