California Governor Signs Legislation to Fast-Track Projects

SAN JOSE, CA (STL.News) Alongside state and local leaders in San Jose today, Governor Gavin Newsom  signed legislation by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) that extends expedited California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review for key developments and expands the streamlining process to include small-scale housing projects – boosting the state’s economic recovery with the creation of more housing and good jobs.

“California’s recovery from the pandemic must tackle the housing shortage that threatens our economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Governor Newsom.  “Cutting red tape to save time and remove barriers to production helps us meet the urgent need for more housing while creating good jobs and preserving important environmental review.  I thank Pro Tem Atkins and the Legislature’s leaders on housing for their partnership in taking on this challenge.”

Governor Newsom signed SB 7 today at the proposed site of Google’s Downtown West project, a mixed-use development in San Jose that the Governor certified for expedited CEQA review in 2019.  The project will create 4,000 units of housing, with 25 percent affordable, as well as retail and office space.

SAN JOSE – Alongside state and local leaders in San Jose today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G.

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