1. AB 710 benefits urban infill development projects while protecting local government land use decision-making authorities.
AB 710 provides strong incentives for infill development where is needed most: near high-use public transit. Contrary to rumors, AB 710 does not alter local authority to plan, to zone or to regulate development. AB 710 only requires that cities reduce minimum parking requirements in transit districts where there is not a parking shortage. AB 710 protects cities by allowing them to implement any parking requirements necessary to address parking shortages.
2. AB 710 will benefit the affordable-housing market, not hurt it.
Current parking incentives for affordable housing simply do not produce the units many hoped they would. California’s leading nonprofit and for-profit affordable housing developers support AB 710 because lets precious housing subsidies build homes for people rather than empty spaces for cars. World-renowned UCLA Planning Professor Donald Shoup, FAICP has concluded that AB 710 will make State Density Bonus law more effective at inducing market-rate developers to produce affordable units.
3. AB 710 is designed to work with local parking programs, such as Los Angeles’ “Modified Parking Requirement (MPR).”
The overwhelming majority of properties in Los Angeles will not be subject to AB 710. For those that are, AB 710 will serve as a complement to the City of L.A.’s proposed MPR ordinance. The MPR ordinance’s stated purpose is to provides tools that replace outmoded minimum parking requirements in our urban areas. AB 710 only addresses parking minimums – it doesn’t in any way limit communities’ use of the MPR ordinance to manage parking in new, more sustainable, more affordable and more effective ways.