Governor signs law to fast-track LA homeless shelters, affordable housing developments

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

They’re now exempt from CEQA

Developers and city leaders are getting a leg up in the race to build shelters and apartments for LA’s growing homeless population. A new state law will now exempt many of those projects from environmental review.

Assembly Bill 1197 was signed Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and took effect immediately.

“This law will help us turn blueprints into buildings more quickly for the shelter and supportive housing that unhoused people need now,” Mayor Eric Garcetti, who championed the bill, said in a statement.