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Density Bonus Ordinance Before Planning Board

In September we wrote about how SunCal has ignored the density bonus law to cluster housing at Alameda Point to support transit-oriented-development. In November, a local density bonus ordinance is coming before the Planning Board.

The density bonus law is intended to encourage developers to build affordable housing by allowing them to side-step municipal charter amendments and ordinances, such as Measure A, where affordable housing, senior housing and childcare for affordable housing residents is provided. For Alameda, it would mean developers could build mixed-use, housing over retail, transit-oriented-development up to a maximum of 30 dwelling units per acre – when affordable housing is provided. This can be done without changing Measure A, or asking Alameda residents to vote on Measure A. The density bonus law blows a big hole in the arguments of Measure A critics, such as HOMES, who claim that Measure A prevents mixed-use development. It also shows that the real goal of Measure A critics is not to build affordable housing or walkable neighborhoods, but to remove all limits on development in Alameda.

The Planning Board will hold a hearing on the density bonus ordinance next month.

Planning and Building Department Room 190
2263 Santa Clara Avenue


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing(s) will be held before the Planning Board of the City of Alameda on Monday, November 10, 2008, at or after 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, regarding the following:

1. Zoning Text Amendment – Applicant – City of Alameda. The City of Alameda Planning Board will be considering and developing a recommendation to the City Council on a proposed Density Bonus Ordinance. The Density Bonus ordinance will allow applicants to seek an increase in the residential density of a project if the project includes a specific percentage of qualifying housing units, such as affordable or senior  housing units. Applicants may also be entitled to a density bonus if a project includes or provides for certain amenities such as a child care facility. The Planning Board will also develop a recommendation to the City Council on the environmental review for the project, which is a proposed negative declaration.

2. Zoning Text Amendment – Applicant – City of Alameda. The City of Alameda is considering an  amendment to the Alameda Municipal Code to allow attached or detached secondary housing units to be constructed on sites with a single-family dwelling. The adoption of an ordinance regarding second units is  tatutorily exempt, under CEQA Guidelines Section 15282 (h).

Notice is hereby further given that if you challenge the proposed project in court, you may be limited to  raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning and Building Department at, or prior to the public hearing {Government Code Section 65009(b)(2)}.

All persons interested in said matters in any way whatsoever are invited to appear at said hearing(s)
in support of or in opposition to said proposals.

Jon Biggs
Planning Services Manager

PUBLISH: Friday, October 17, 2008

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