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Report ID: 22-298   
Type: Regular - Planning
Meeting Body: Board of Directors - Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 6/8/2022 Final action: 6/8/2022
Recommended Action: Consider receiving a report regarding the impacts of AB 784 on the permitting process for District capital projects.
Attachments: 1. STAFF REPORT, 2. Master Minute Order
TO: AC Transit Board of Directors
FROM: Michael A. Hursh, General Manager
SUBJECT: Impacts of AB 784

BRIEFING ITEM

RECOMMENDED ACTION(S):

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Consider receiving a report regarding the impacts of AB 784 on the permitting process for District capital projects.
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STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE:

Goal - Safe and Secure Operations
Initiative - Infrastructure Modernization

The Implementation of AB 784 will result in a decrease in the time required to complete projects as well as a decrease in the project cost for every project at District facilities.

BUDGETARY/FISCAL IMPACT:

There will be staff and/or on-call consultant costs associated with implementing AB 784. These costs will be more than offset by the cost savings of avoiding city plan check fees, permit fees, and other project fee assessments (i.e., public art fees, technology fees, etc.).

The fiscal impact of implementing AB 784 for only AC Transit projects on District owned property (excluding any multi-jurisdictional property) during the first year will result in an estimated cost savings to the District in excess of $200,000 in plan check and permit fees alone without accounting for any other assessments that typically come in the city permit process.

The fiscal impact of AB 784 on projects related to multi-jurisdictional properties is unknown. The permitting process on these properties will be subject to a collaborative effort with municipal partners to develop a permitting and inspection process that satisfies everyone's needs.

BACKGROUND/RATIONALE:

Assembly Bill (AB) 784 made numerous technical, clarifying, and modernizing changes to Transit District Law, AC Transit's authorizing legislation from 1955. The District's General Counsel and Department of External Affairs worked with Assembly member Quirk's office to introduce the bill and shepherd it through the legislature with unanimous support. Governor Newsom signed AB 784 into law in September 2021.

One key provision of AB 784 is...

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