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Assembly Bill 853 (Calvo – 1979)

Chapter 934, Statutes of 1979 - AB 853

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As enacted in 1979, Assembly Bill 853 added Article 2.5 “Development Agreements” to the Government Code, comprising sections 65864 through 65869.5.  (See Exhibit A, #1e)  This bill was introduced by Assembly member Victor Calvo on March 12, 1979.  (See Exhibit A, #1a)


Assembly Bill 853 was heard in the Assembly Committee on Resources, Land Use, and Energy and the Senate Committee on Local Government where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibit A, #3 and #5)  Following four amendments, twice in the Assembly and twice in the Senate, both Houses of the Legislature approved Assembly Bill 853.  (See Exhibit A, #1b through #1e and #2)  Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed the measure on September 21, 1979 and the Secretary of State thereafter recorded it on September 22, 1979 as Chapter 934 of the Statutes of 1979.  (See Exhibit A, #1f and #2)


As last amended August 24, 1979 in the Senate, Assembly Bill 853 was summarized in the Senate Democratic Caucus analysis as follows:


This bill authorizes any city, county, or city and county to enter into binding development agreements with persons having a legal or equitable interest in real property for the development of such property, and authorizes every city, county, and city and county to establish procedures for consideration of applications for such agreements, including a public hearing and recording of such agreement and review of performance with its terms.

(See Exhibit A, #8, page 1)