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Mountain View's latest housing element draft gains approval of Environmental Planning Commission

Original post made on Mar 16, 2023

With EPC’s blessing, city staff can now bring the draft to the city council for final approval on April 11, nearly three months after the state’s Jan. 31 deadline – a target that most cities in California did not meet.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 16, 2023, 12:28 PM

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Posted by ivg
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2023 at 1:06 pm

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Housing element updates have a rolling schedule. The San Diego and LA areas submitted theirs last year. The Jan 31 deadline applied to the Bay Area.

Posted by LongResident
a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2023 at 6:37 pm

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It seems to me that that 2200 unit apartment project replacing the Century Theaters should just be approved flat out Builders remedy or no Builders remedy. Just my opinion. By itself it would be 1/3 of the 5,000 units of market rate housing that the city is required to build in the next cycle. By itself. In a perfect location right by where all the new jobs have been created.

Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 16, 2023 at 9:14 pm

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Why does the Voice's reporting on RHNA targets CONSISTENTLY leave off the part that 6,000 of the 11,000 new housing units are supposed to be created for low income and average income workers?

I don't get it. Who needs affordable housing MORE than those at the bottom of the ladder? Why are these targets being ignored? Isn't the dilemma of teachers, service workers, and kids who don't code supposed to be a priority for all kind and virtuous persons?

Is it because there is no possible way that these targets will be met, even if builder's remedy is used? 6000 of 11000 units are "required" to be affordable, which means that over 50% of all new construction is "required" to be affordable. Builders remedy only requires 20%. That's not enough.

What penalty will MV endure if these targets are not met? None. Wait, what?

Friends, the entire "affordable housing" movement is being waged to increase the production of market rate units, in order to help Big Tech hire out of area workers. MV residents must all pull together to help Google increase its profits. We need to be open to defunding schools and parks in order to help Google increase its profits.

Lower income and average income workers need to understand that no real efforts are being made to end the housing crisis FOR THEM. We primarily need to build expensive, market rate units in order to help Google meet its hiring goals.

The targets for lower income workers are really just smoke and mirrors. Let's not shine a light on them, that will make it easier on everyone when we fail to meet them.

Posted by Steven Goldstein
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 16, 2023 at 10:35 pm

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Just an Observation,

I am still wondering where the magical units are going to come from for the very low and low income needs.

So many thousands were proposed especially from Alphabet/Google, but none built.

And now Intel is closing a major campus in San Jose, which means thousands of tech workers are about to leave the area.

So the idea that the tech industry is being the backbone of the areas economic stability is DEAD. In effect all planning ever since 2018 should have been adjusted for this contingency.

This is not going to live up to anyone's predictions, because Commercial and Residential Property Values are going to contract for at least the next 6 years, based on the experience of 2008.

Time to just deal with it now, no more pipe dreams

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