Over the weekend, we closed the straw poll which asked people what sort of plan they would prefer for Alameda Point, ranging from a “next to none” houses option to SunCal’s plan for over 4,800 homes. Here are the results.
A straw poll, by its definition, is un-scientific, and non-binding. And the critics are right – we don’t support SunCal’s plan and the questions could have been written in a more neutral fashion. However, that didn’t stop people from voting in favor of SunCal’s plan anyway, and we don’t remember those critics speaking out against SunCal’s biased, self-serving presentation of development options during their handful of public meetings at the Officers, Club, the Hornet etc.
But our purpose was to get people talking about alternatives for Alameda Point, and many people who responded favored a no or low-number of housing units option. Here are the results across all four options:
What sort of Alameda Point redevelopment plan would you support?
- (iv) Next-to-none homes, focus on job-creation and green technology research. (44%, 33 Votes)
- (i) A plan like SunCal's - 4,800 homes, an additional 11,000 to 15,500 people. (31%, 23 Votes)
- (ii) The 2006 PDC - 2,000 homes, maximum, <5,000 people, 149 acres of parks. (11%, 8 Votes)
- (iii) 2,000 homes, max., with multifamily units where genuine affordable housing is provided alongside market rate homes. (9%, 7 Votes)
- (v) Other. Use the comments below to explain. (5%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 75
And here is a graph below that collapses the three “not SunCal” options into one bar. Of the people that responded, the majority of them favor some kind of development plan for Alameda Point that provides for 2,000 or fewer homes.
We encourage readers to go back and read the four different options presented, and the ideas from other readers in the comments section. Opposing SunCal’s plan doesn’t necessarily make one “anti-development” or “anti-growth” – many Alameda residents have lots of good ideas for putting Alameda Point to work.