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New California Bill Aims for 1,000-Foot Warehouse Buffer

New California Bill Aims for 1,000-foot Warehouse Buffer

The Inland Empire remains one of the most sought-after industrial markets in the country, and a San Bernardino California lawmaker is looking to place restrictions on where those warehouses can be built. Democratic Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes plans to reintroduce a bill that would create a 1,000-foot buffer zone between new warehouses and homes, schools, day care centers, hospitals and churches.

A similar bill authored by Reyes failed in the senate in 2022, but the Press-Enterprise reports that Reyes says the need remains. Chamber spokesperson Denise Davis says, however, that the bill would once again have the practical effect of banning critically needed warehouses throughout the state. Davis added the law would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs and increase the cost-of-living.

Specifics of AB 1000 state the new rules would apply to new facilities that are 100,000 square feet or larger and the buffer could be reduced to 750’ if developers commit to using zero-emission vehicles.

The new bill follows a signed letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom in January from environmental and other groups, urging him to declare a public health emergency and impose a moratorium on new Inland Empire warehouses.


Inside The Story

AB 1000 Press Release from Majority Leader Reyes

About Mark Nieto

Mark comes to ConnectCRE with an extensive background as a business and news reporter in San Francisco radio, as well as 35 years as a traffic reporter on several stations including KGO, KNBR, KCBS and KFRC. As a business reporter, Mark covered the tech world in Silicon Valley where he became familiar with real estate transactions in the hot Bay Area marketplace. He attended San Jose State University with a BA in Radio and TV Broadcasting and currently resides in the Lake Tahoe area where he gets to frequently enjoy all of his favorite activities: Golfing, Fishing, Hiking and Skiing.

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