A bill that would have made the development and expansion of warehouse and logistics projects more difficult in the Inland Empire has stalled in this legislative session. Assembly Bill 2840 passed the State Assembly earlier this year, but failed to make it out of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee at the June 29, 2022 hearing. be down, don’t count it. In fact, AB 2840 author Eloise Gómez Reyes, House Majority Leader, is expected to renew her efforts next year to secure the potential de facto enactment of a moratorium law.
According to Assembly Leader Reyes, the intent of AB 2840 was to provide a buffer zone between diesel truck traffic emissions generated by warehouses and a variety of defined “sensitive receptors” such as residences, schools, health care facilities, playgrounds and other communities. uses.
Under the latest version of the bill, before its quiet demise, “qualifying logistical use” – defined as any logistical use with 100,000 square feet or more of building space, including but not including limit, warehouses – would be subject to additional restrictions in Riverside and San Bernardino counties and all cities in those counties. Specifically, such local governments would be prohibited from approving the development or expansion of any qualifying logistical use that is adjacent to a sensitive receptor unless the local government imposes either: (i) a minimum setback of 1 000 feet on the allowable logistical use or (ii) alternative measures on the allowable logistical use that will reduce the impacts of the project on public health and safety in a manner comparable to the minimum setback. AB 2840 would also have required that the local government, before approving an eligible logistical use, require the project applicant to develop a written Construction Careers Agreement that specifies: (1) all construction work for the project, including repairs and renovations after completion, must use qualified and trained labor within the meaning of article 2601 of the Public Procurement Code; and (2) a fixed percentage of jobs created by the project must go to local residents.