Monthly Archives: October 2014
How Should Cities Deal With Developers And Affordable Housing Proponents?
How do cities in tech-rich Silicon Valley curb skyrocketing housing costs while at the same time appease developers to build more affordable housing units? In the city where Google Inc. resides the conundrum of housing is a bubbling caldron between residents, developers, and city staff. The peninsula, where Mountain View is located, is experiencing a rapidly growing workforce that incorporates both high-earning educated professionals and a sub-set of low earning individuals to supply the service industry that is growing right along with the population. The peninsula housing stock and developable land is the carrot which keeps getting more expensive by the day. Cities like Mountain View are considering ways to improve the situation for its future residents, but faces business realities which do not bode well for people looking for affordable housing.Read More »
The Palo Alto City Council will consider whether or not, and how, to change or adjust land-use designation process within city limits. The Council will begin Monday October 6 to look at modifying the city’s somewhat difficult planned-community zoning, which was paused due to a citizen referendum. The current zoning which has been in place since the early 1950s gives developers options to seek exceptions to current development rules in turn for public benefits that are negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Previous public benefits include everything from public common plazas, retail stores, sculptures, and affordable residential units.Read More »
Previously known as Gubserville1 during the 1880-90’s West San Jose’s Country Lane Neighborhood is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the West Valley for several varying reasons. First of all it is bordered with well-defined boundaries and has a centrally located amazing elementary school which kids and families can walk to (Saratoga Avenue on the east, Doyle Road on the north, Lawrence Expressway on the west and Graves Avenue on the south).Read More »