Housing Production, Preservation, and Protection Coalition

June 26, 2019

Contact: Monika Lee, 916.444.7415

Surplus Lands Would be Freed for Affordable Homes Under AB 1486 (Ting),
Three P’s Housing Production Bill Clears Senate Governance and Finance Committee

Sacramento, CA — California is one step closer to freeing vacant lands to build affordable homes for Californians as AB 1486 (Ting) cleared the Senate Governance and Finance Committee today. The bill is one plank in a sweeping package of 14 bills backed by the Three P’s coalition to produce more housing at all income levels, preserve existing affordable homes and protect the families in them.

“AB 1486 will free up thousands of acres up and down the state on which affordable housing can be sited,” said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D—San Francisco). “The committee’s approval today means we’re a step closer to unlocking surplus land for this purpose, allowing homes strategically located next to transit, schools, and job opportunities to be built.”

AB 1486 creates more affordable homes for our communities by clarifying and strengthening key provisions of the Surplus Land Act. The bill will enable California to more efficiently transform unused public lands into a public good by increasing affordable housing and open space. The bill builds on Governor Newsom’s January Executive Order (N-06-19), which would create an inventory of all state-owned lands. AB 1486 would develop a registry of locally owned land.

The legislation is part of a larger plan to comprehensively tackle the roots of the housing crisis: the 2019 Plan for Housing Production, Preservation and Protection. The plan aims to build more homes affordable to Californians of all incomes, while preserving existing affordable homes and protecting people and families from unjust evictions and rent gouging.

“AB 1486 is one important tool in a larger Three P’s strategy that unites a diverse coalition of business, labor, housing, environmental justice, local government, and other organizations who recognize California can and must do more to help the teachers living in their cars, hospitals unable to recruit staff, and the increasing number of Californians living on our streets,” said Monika Lee, a spokesperson for the Three P’s campaign.

The 2019 California Housing Plan for Production, Preservation, and Protection includes:


  • AB 1481 (Grayson, Bonta, 2 year bill) – Would prohibit a landlord from terminating a lease without just cause, requiring landlords to specify the reason for an eviction.

  • AB 1482 (Chiu) – Prevents rent-gouging by limiting extreme or unreasonable rent increases.

  • SB 18 (Skinner) – Preserving 90 days written notice prior to eviction for renters who occupy a property that has been foreclosed upon. Policy shifted to budget trailer bill.


  • AB 10 (Chiu) – Increases the state Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program by $500 million and eliminates the cap on annual tax credit for individual filers.

  • AB 68 & 69 (Ting) – Removes barriers to the development of Accessory Dwelling Units across California.

  • AB 881 (Bloom) – Removes barriers to the development of accessory dwelling units.

  • AB 1483 (Grayson) – Improves transparency and reporting of local housing activity so California can tailor state policy to support local best practices.

  • AB 1484 (Grayson) –  Increases transparency and predictability by requiring each jurisdiction to post on its website the type and amount of each fee imposed on a housing development.

  • AB 1485 (Wicks) – Allows for streamlining approval of housing developments that limit 20% of the units to up to 120% of area median income (AMI) or less.

  • AB 1486 (Ting) – Expands access to local “surplus” lands available for affordable housing development across the state.

  • AB 1487 (Chiu) – Establishes a regional housing agency for the San Francisco Bay area and authorizes the ability to seek revenue in support of affordable housing production and preservation and tenant protections.

  • AB 1734 (Chiu, 2 year bill) – Expands the property taxation welfare exemption for rental housing to moderate-income households.

  • ACA 1 (Aguiar Curry, not subject to legislative deadlines) –  Asks California voters to approve reducing the voter threshold to fund local affordable housing, supportive housing, and public infrastructure projects from a two-thirds vote to a 55 percent majority.

  • SB 6 (Beall, McGuire) – Creates a statewide list of all local lands suitable and available for residential development as identified by local governments.

  • SB 50 (Wiener, 2 year bill) – Allows for building housing near existing job centers and public transportation while protecting renters, local government control, and the environment.

  • SB 128 (Beall) – Authorizes Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts to issue bonds without voter approval.

  • SB 330 (Skinner) – Temporarily suspends specific local practices that are documented obstacles to housing production (such as shifting rules and standards, high fees on low income homes, and moratoria to ban new housing), and establishes reasonable time periods for processing housing permits.

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