(a) Grants provided pursuant to this chapter shall be used for the construction or acquisition of capital assets as set forth in Section 16727 of the Government Code that serve to benefit the community. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, traffic improvements, neighborhood parks, bike paths, libraries, school facilities, play areas, community centers, and police and fire stations.
(b) The department may deny funding to any jurisdiction that it determines, based
on reasonable evidence, failed to grant final land use approval for eligible developments on a timely basis between January 1, 2003, and January 1, 2004.
(c) The department shall adopt guidelines for the operation of the program. The guidelines shall not be subject to the requirements of Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code.