The housing element of the city's General Plan -- "the primary policy document for the development, rehabilitation and preservation of housing" -- will be the main subject of discussion for the Environmental Planning Commission on Wednesday night.
To guide the creation of the housing element this year, a new report on the city's housing needs from Bay Area Economics has been issued. The city is becoming increasingly "jobs rich" the report says, while housing development has not kept pace.
Jobs increased by 19 percent since 2003, the report says, while the city's population increased by only 10 percent since 1990. By comparison, the county grew by 23 percent in the same time period and had three times less job growth on average.
According to the report, the Association of Bay Area Governments has calculated that Mountain View needs to build 2,123 units by 2014 in order to meet its "fair share" of the county's need for housing -- a goal which may be difficult in a slow housing market.
The report can be viewed here on the city's Web site as a commission staff report for April 22.
Several weeks of neighborhood general plan meetings are set to kick off in the Monta Loma neighborhood on May 18. For more information, visit mountainview2030.com.
The Environmental Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 in the second floor plaza conference room of City Hall, 500 Castro St.