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Housing | August 2, 2017
SF Peninsula news is fast-moving and busy residents struggle to stay informed.  SFPNA collects news on housing, jobs and transportation and places it into useful context. The overriding objective is to promote residential quality of life. 
The newsletter is edited by two Palo Alto residents, Neilson Buchanan and John Guislin, who have no ties to developers or government organizations.  Regional citizen leaders guide article selection.
HOUSING
This issue is focused on housing issues with a reminder that our jobs/housing imbalance shows no sign of improvement.
 THIS WEEK ON THE SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA 
News that Impacts Your Quality of Life
Brisbane Bristles
 A Bay Area developer wants to build 4,400 sorely needed homes. Here’s why it won’t happen. Its fate rests with Brisbane, a city of 4,700 people.  And no one, not even the developer, thinks Brisbane’s residents will approve all 4,400 homes.

Ed. Note:  Number of jobs to be created on 650+ acres goes unanswered.  Would 4,400 new homes improve the jobs/housing imbalance?  This overwhelming “opportunity” is enough to drive a crazy person insane. 

LA Times

 

CPR for Old Properties
 Proposal for Hillsdale’s old motel and self-car wash may be revived with 152 units on three acres. San Mateo Daily Journal

 


Bye Bye Fees

San Mateo will forgo millions of dollars in developer-paid fees to address the affordable housing crisis in a move the city’s mayor called shocking and hypocritical.  
Bridge Worth Building
 A financing experiment for teacher housing is on the threshold for public schools. When solutions are elusive, creative juices get going. 

Ed. Note:  Is it economically sustainable?  Is the model scalable?  We don’t know but would like to find out.

SM Daily Journal

 

Condos Become Complex
Burlingame officials tabled a proposed housing development over concerns the condominium complex is too large and incompatible for its placement along a major thoroughfare.  Planning Commission unanimously agreed to postpone a decision on a proposal to rebuild an existing 14-unit apartment building into five-story condominium project. San Mateo Daily Journal

 

 Housing at the Farm
Stanford University is seeking county permission for 1,600 new housing units adjacent to a Palo Alto neighborhood. Proposed housing would be about half of county limits on school housing. Stanford anticipates increase of 1,700 students over 17 years. PaloAltoOnline
Streetscape is no Escape
Homeless in Mt. View can be found in a recreational vehicle.  “It’s a new problem….,” said city official.  “Housing been a problem…but working poor living in RVs is new.”  SJ Mercury

 

 

nd Social Media Coming Soon
ADU for YOU
Tiny homes for whom?   State mandated Auxiliary Dwelling Units (ADUs) are puzzling city councils up and down the Peninsula.  Who will benefit?  Multi-generational families, homeless millennials or AirBNB?  Foster City officials tackle the issue.
Cash Flow for Affordable Housing
San Mateo County
asserts leadership but is it drop in the bucket or a gusher of cash.
Ed. Note: We trust that this  type of experimentation will continue.  SM Daily Journal

 

 

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