AB 2244 slashes parking requirements for all religious properties building affordable housing

By Elizabeth Hull and Michael Ervin, Best Best & Krieger LLP, August 6, 2022

AB 2244, signed by Gov. Newsom [on July 19], builds off of previous efforts to reduce parking requirements on a place of worship if it planned to construct an affordable housing project on its property.

“AB 2244 continues the regulatory path charted by AB 1851, which was passed in 2020 and was the first bill to reduce parking requirements for affordable housing on religious properties… . Many local governments interpreted the reduced parking to apply only to existing religious institutions, and did not extend AB 1851 to new or proposed developments.

“In response to local government interpretation, AB 2244 expands the definition of ‘religious-use parking spaces’ to include both existing and new places of worship. Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, any proposed affordable housing development located on a religious property is eligible for up to a 50 percent reduction in the number of required religious-use parking spaces.”

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