BILL REQUIRES ALL RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS

AB 199 (Chu; D-San Jose) introduced this week would require private residential projects built on private property that are built pursuant to an agreement with the state or a political subdivision to meet the requirements for projects that are defined as “public works.”

This bill has many very concerned in that it would make already scarce affordable housing even more difficult to build by unnecessarily increasing costs to build.  Companies that focus on commercial real estate are also concerned in that if the Legislature decides to apply public works requirements on housing projects of this type, it could very easily lead to similar requirements on non-residential.

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