BART Transit Oriented Development AB 2923 Hearing

AB 2923, Bay Area Rapid Transit District: Transit-oriented Development, is currently in the California Legislature’s Appropriations Committee, and scheduled for a hearing on August 13, 2018.

The Nine-County Coalition described this bill’s mandates and forcefulness in AB 2923: Mission Creep Forges Ahead.  We noted AB 2923 is a good example of expansion of original missions – expansions that do not stop until all goes wrong and systems collapse.

As a reminder, AB 2923 would require BART to adopt by ordinance new transit-oriented development (TOD) zoning standards that establish minimum local zoning requirements for height, density, parking, and floor area ratio for TOD housing projects.  Eligible TOD housing projects would be located within ½ mile of any existing or planned BART station entrance within the BART district.  Projects would contain a minimum of 20% affordable units, and would meet the following requirements

*  Be located is an infill site.

*  Was not acquired through eminent domain on or after July 1, 2019.

*  Forms a contiguous area of at least 0.25 acres and is located both within one-half mile of an existing or planned district station entrance and within an area represented on the board.

*  Has been owned by the district since on or before July 1, 2020.

*  For a TOD project relating to a district station that existed on July 1, 2018, the district’s TOD zoning standards applies only to the parcel owned by the district on that date.

As an aside, given that July 1, 2019 and July 1, 2020 are a few years away, perhaps we all should keep an eye on BART’s land acquisition plans between now and then. 

If you are concerned about BART’s encroachment on cities and counties ability to set their own zoning standards, you might want to call or email your legislators before the Appropriations Committee hearing of August 13.