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State Certifies Alameda's Housing Element

The Housing Element of the city's General Plan is now in compliance with state law for the first time in more than 20 years. it now identifies locations for a range of housing types and price levels, including multi-family housing.

From a City of Alameda press release:

The State of California has certified Alameda’s Housing Element of the City of Alameda General Plan for the first time in more than 20 years.

The Housing Element is required by state law and includes Alameda’s programs, policies, and plans for new housing development. A major objective for the Element is to identify adequate available sites that accommodate the City of Alameda’s regional housing need allocation.

The California Department of Housing and Community Development, in a July 19, 2012 letter (attached) to City Manager John Russo, stated that it was “pleased to find the Housing Element in full compliance with state housing element law,” and that “the City now meets specific requirements for several state funding programs designed to reward local governments for compliance…”

“Alameda has been in limbo over this conflict far too long,” said Russo. “This Housing Element brings the City of Alameda into compliance with state law, preserves our access to limited state funds, minimizes our exposure to expensive lawsuits that have plagued other cities, and preserves local control over land use decisions for Alameda."

Mayor Marie Gilmore said, “I applaud City staff for a skillful job of balancing the requirements of state law while ensuring that Alameda is able to preserve its unique historic neighborhoods and commercial districts. The new Housing Element ensures that new housing development is appropriately located and preserves the community’s ability to adequately review, discuss, and carefully deliberate each new housing development as it comes forward.”

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Salem July 31, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I agree. Also, we are already overpopulated, we are not a big island. The GC is also going downhill, btw, people drive like idiots there, too. I have almost been hit a zillion times while crossing the street.
Salem July 31, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Why?
JSanders May 12, 2013 at 04:05 AM
This is the downfall of Alameda as we know it. We may as well just surrender and allow ourselves to be turned into Oakland. Low income housing advocates like Renewed Hope Housing Advocates, Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Housing Authority, etc have destroyed this city. Once they are done with Alameda, they will move on to their next target.
anthony May 12, 2013 at 04:54 PM
is your complaint with just those groups because it doesn't seem to agree with what you posted about Los Gatos?
JSanders May 13, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Alameda has plenty of low income housing already and we are constantly constructing more: http://www.alamedahsg.org/complexes.htm http://apcollaborative.org/ Los Gatos hardly has any low income housing.

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