Critical Updates to the Polanco Act

In October 2013, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 440, which helps facilitate the cleanup and redevelopment of blighted urban properties (i.e., Brownfield sites). This new law, referred to as Polanco 2.0, is an expansion of, and successor to, the original Polanco Redevelopment Act, which effectively ended on February 1, 2012 with the formal dissolution of local redevelopment agencies. Under AB440, cities, counties, and some housing authorities (“local agencies”) can now compel responsible parties to clean up their blighted property, or can directly perform the cleanup themselves. Local agencies are authorized to investigate blighted properties and prepare cleanup plans, or require […]