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Facing RHNA: Tri-Valley local officials discuss next housing elements

Original post made on Jan 2, 2023

Cities in the Tri-Valley are gearing up to submit their housing plans, but how much control do cities have over building these new units, where will funding for affordable housing come from and just how feasible is to build them?...

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Posted by Dean Wallace
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jan 2, 2023 at 4:13 pm

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Someone should inform Ellen Clark that Pleasanton has one of the largest jobs/housing imbalances in the region. Perhaps the City Manager can share this data with her the next time she feels the need to blame the South Bay for our housing crisis: "The estimated 'jobs to household' ratio over the past two decades has ranged between (a low of) 1.94 in 2010 and (a high of) 2.86 (2002). (Most recent data: 2.60 jobs/household)."

Posted by Jennifer P
a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 2, 2023 at 5:48 pm

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Julie Testa is either willfully ignoring the facts or intentionally spreading disinformation surrounding this important issue to promote her own agenda and ambition.

It’s really too bad. Disappointing but not surprising.

Posted by Ian
a resident of Hacienda Gardens
on Jan 2, 2023 at 6:21 pm

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Perhaps if Tri-Valley cities had built more housing to meet demand in generations past, market rate wouldn't be so unaffordable? The excuses the officials quoted here offered are equal parts laughable and contemptible. Carbon emissions, really? I'm sure Ms. Clark wouldn't mind if those commuters had to travel from Tracy instead of Pleasanton. Just any BS reason is good enough for her to filibuster, obstruct, and cancel any attempt to build more places for real human beings to live, I suppose. With any luck, developers will soon have a more free to hand to supply the demand for housing, and the free market will be allowed to work.

Posted by Dean Wallace
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jan 2, 2023 at 11:27 pm

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Agree with Jennifer. Julie Testa is clearly prepared to run this City over the cliff and into making an absolutely irrational and misguided decision that will cost this City's taxpayers -- all in the pursuit of misguided policy that violates State law. The fact that Ellen Clark's comments indicate that City staff may be prepared to follow her over that precipice, is incredibly disconcerting.

Posted by Bill Brasky
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 3, 2023 at 6:30 am

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Sacramento needs to look into banning foreign purchases like Canada has done for the next two years. Backed by Justin Trudeau

1/5 of homebuyers were outside investors in Canada in recent years. I would be willing to wager that number is higher in the Bay Area.

Posted by John B
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jan 3, 2023 at 10:23 am

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Most of the people (middle class and lower) today are buying in Tracy, Lathrop, Manteca, Stockton etc further driving more miles to come to job sites. All bay area cities need to address the housing on war path and allow high density, medium density. I wish state implement the following
a. Limit the fees (inclusive of all) say $50sqft.
b. Cities that cannot build/meet RHNA goals, will have the sites upzoned by 25% and able to build up to 10 homes upto FAR limits by right meeting objective standards. This will increase or spread the housing in a city. I see many cities are doing 80du/acre. This will affect the near by residents. Rather, it should be spread out.
c. Increase middle income housing. Most of the population belongs to middle class. This will create need of less affordable houses, with out need of additional money.

Lack of duplex and fourplex zoning. Any site greater than 7000sqft, can easily build a fourplex. Council members are not interested in this, as they will lose votes. Sometimes medicine is bitter to cure the disease.
e. Embrace SB9 with full heart with least restrictions and even encourage, minimizing the fees on the owner.

I believe state created enough laws that cities can work to increase housing. Just it needs a mindset, that others can also live here happily. If nothing is done, your kids won't be living with you or closer to you. They can't afford the housing. Seen first hand.

Posted by Jocelyn Combs
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 3, 2023 at 11:41 am

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The state hasn’t set up Pleasanton to fail.

Pleasanton has set up Pleasanton to fail.

We haven’t built workforce affordable housing for what, 15 or 20 years? Yet we have certainly increased jobs.

We haven’t reached out to non profit developers. Yet those same non profit developers have been building affordable units in Livermore and Dublin.

We haven’t maximized fees for our Affordable Housing Fund. Yet we haven’t used any of the Fund to build workforce housing.

The can has been kicked down the road and the chickens are coming home to roost.

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