A breath of fresh air? Hurry and take it
Original post made on Oct 3, 2013
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on Oct 3, 2013 at 10:40 am
And you wonder why the schools are overloaded...my, my, my.
Wake up folks...
Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo
on Oct 3, 2013 at 11:03 am
The housing numbers are a joke and will keep going up every year until every inch of ground in California is covered by high-rise apartments.
The development in that area MUST put for all the infrastructure, including the needed schools. An alternative is to set up a Mello Roos district out there which can finance it.
The state law says we need to zone but it does not have to be built for
'affordable'/subsidized housing; we just cannot put unreasonable restrictions on a developer who wants to put in affordable housing. So we can zone this all with the requirement that it pays for all of the infrastructure and let the developers figure out how to get money from the state to finance the subsidized housing and build the needed roads, schools, sewer, and water. It is not our problem.
Of course the land owners and developers do not want to pay all the necessary fees for infrastructure. They want to make as much money as they can. However, it is not the business of government to make sure that every property owner is entitled to a profit. That land was never zoned or even talked about as having all that housing so it is not like we are taking anything away from those property owners.
Another option is for the city to de-annex that property. Let some other city figure out how to provide the schools and other infrastructure.
on Oct 4, 2013 at 9:34 am
My wife and I moved from Sunnyvale to Pleasanton in 1980. Pleasanton had a 1% growth moratorium at that time. When working people got on the road in Sunnyvale starting around 5:00 PM, traffic turned into gridlock in the real sense of the word. It was not unusual to sit at a light for 15 minutes. We were giddy living in the openess here and freely moving about. Seas of lowland grass, fresh air and beautiful oak filled hills. Commercial interests (largely realtors) hijacked the council, promoted unchecked growth under the guise that the money generated was necessary for a "healthy" community. Up next will be the necessity of hi-rise apartments for the necessity of "genuine affordable housing", which is necessary for a "healthy" community. In reality, Pleasanton is not much different than Sunnyvale or the dozens of other high growth communities spreading east.