Governor Brown signs Wieckowski bill on transit-oriented development near BART stations

July 21, 2017

Sacramento – Sen. Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to provide more transit-oriented developments and affordable housing near BART stations was signed today by Governor Jerry Brown. Senate Bill 680 is supported by affordable housing advocates throughout the Bay Area.

SB 680 extends the boundaries where BART can pursue commercial, residential or mixed-use development from a quarter mile to a half-mile of its stations.  The move is consistent with policies for other transit village developments in California.

“This bill promotes smart planning by helping California to achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals and adding sorely-needed housing in the most unaffordable housing market in the state,” said Wieckowski, a member of the state’s Transportation and Housing Committee.  “These developments are designed to connect public transit with housing, work, senior centers and other services, and retail outlets. They reduce the dependency on automobiles while meeting important local needs.  I thank the Governor for signing this bill and look forward to passing more housing bills when the Legislature reconvenes in August.” 

BART estimates that extending the distance from a quarter mile to a half-mile could result in an additional 7,000 affordable units in the Bay Area by 2040.

“In the face of a severe housing and affordability crisis, constructing dense housing near main transit hubs will be key to our region’s continued prosperity,” said Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “SB 680, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski and sponsored by the Bay Area Council, is a much-needed, common sense solution that uses public lands for public good. It will add an estimated 20,000 new housing units near BART stations, keeping jobs in the Bay Area, reducing commutes and moving our region toward a more sustainable future.”

The Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), North Bay Leadership Council, Center for Creative Land Recycling and several other organizations also support SB 680.

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District, which includes southern Alameda County and parts of Santa Clara County.