New housing units provide financial benefits for local and state government, according to a new study prepared for the California Homebuilding Foundation. But some analysts are not ready to embrace the study or its conclusions.
The Yuba County Board of Supervisors approved the 5,100-unit Yuba Highlands project on Tuesday, July 10, after nearly seven years of planning and negotiation with developer Gary Gallelli. Now it appears the action will shift to the courtroom.
Why did nobody tell me that market-rate housing had become a NIMBY issue? Did I sleep this momentous event, just as I sawed a log through the Northridge earthquake? Here I am, bumbling through life as if nothing special is happening, while unbeknownst to me The Walt Disney Company is having one of its most creative moments since it released Dumbo.
Disney continues fight against housing project in Anaheim's resort district; the League of California Cities proposes eminent domain reform; San Francisco limits residential demolitions; Stanislaus County picks a base reuse developer; Solana Beach voters limit monster houses; HCD questions Alhambra Redevelopment Agency; Carmel Valley sues LAFCO.
It is no secret that affordable housing is in short-supply in Santa Clara County. Recently, the Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Charities Housing Development Corporation, and the Institute for Metropolitan Studies at San Jose State University released a report, "Housing Silicon Valley: A 20 Year Plan to End the Affordable Housing Crisis," to quantify the problem and suggest solutions. The study is available at the LISC website: www.bayarealisc.org.
The report led to the creation of a "blue ribbon commission" of housing experts and civic leaders that is scheduled to release an action plan in October. Greg Chin, program coordinator for LISC, helped write the report and is providing staff assistance to the commission. He spoke with CP&DR Editor Paul Shigley in May. >>read more
For at least the third time in two years, litigation filed by housing advocates has resulted in a court order or settlement for hundreds of affordable housing units. The latest city to get hit with a judgment is Brea, whose redevelopment agency was ordered to produce 208 units of low- and very low-income housing by June 2012.
A state appellate court has upheld the City of Gilroy's housing element against a challenge filed by affordable housing advocates. The court ruled that, under the housing element law in effect when Gilroy updated its housing plan in 2002, the city did not have to provide a site-specific inventory and analysis.