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Density Bonus Law Working in Bay Area

The California State Density Bonus Law has been on the books for over 25 years, and it mandates that each city in California impement an ordinance which determines how it will be used in their city. The City of Alameda has never implemented such an ordinance. The law allows developers to side-step development regulations – for example, Measure A in Alameda – for developments that provide low-income housing, or housing for seniors. It could provide a compromise position between changing Measure A in Alameda and leaving Measure A as-is. But Alameda civic leaders, planners and developers refuse to study how the density bonus law might work in Alameda.

Now comes a study from New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy which says that use of the density bonus law in other San Francisco Bay Area cities is working to provide more affordable housing. Read the article in the SF Chronicle here.

Why do our leaders continue to ignore the density bonus law?

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