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New Housing Element on Planning Board Agenda Tonight

The City of Alameda Planning Board will receive a draft Housing Element plan tonight.

The City of Alameda Planning Board will receive a draft Housing Element plan tonight.

Tonight, the City of Alameda Planning Board will receive a draft Housing Element plan for the 2015 to 2023 planning period.

A housing element is mandated by state law, and sets the tone for land use in the planning period, as it attempts to address how the local municipality will meet existing and projected housing needs, across all economic segments.

The draft plan reviews the accomplishments of the 2007 to 2014 Housing Element, includes an analysis of Alameda’s demographics, housing needs and housing stock, an inventory of housing sites and resources in Alameda, and an analysis of housing constraints.

It does not, however, include reference to figures shared with the Planning Board by City Planner Andrew Thomas on February 10th, which show that Alameda has a 0.71 jobs-to-housing ratio quantifying what, as Thomas told the board, everybody knows intuitively, “we’re an island of residents, and not many jobs.”

According to the presentation, Alameda has 37,799 employed residents and 24,070 jobs.

Past housing elements have made reference to the citywide job-to-housing imbalance.

Thomas is asking that the Planning Board establish a 60-day review period for the public draft, during which the planning department will accept written comments until April 28th, to be included in a follow-up report to the planning board on May 12th.

The planning department expects to have the final housing element before Alameda City Council in June to meet a state law deadlines in the second half of the year.

4 comments to New Housing Element on Planning Board Agenda Tonight

  • cfg

    When did being a “bedroom community” become a dirty word? Alameda has always been more of a bedroom community than anything else. To support “more jobs”, Alameda would need much more access to the mainland, which is never gonna happen.

  • The question is if the labor pool in Alameda is sufficient to support any large employer, or sector, such that more people stay on the island to work, rather than commuting through the tunnels and bridges each day.

    Also, planners in Alameda routinely justify individual projects on a job-to-housing balance, while ignoring the city-wide imbalance that is the source of a lot of the traffic congestion at commute hours.

  • cfg

    But that is the fallacy of the concept of the “labor pool”. I don’t know what that means. If most residents are health care workers, lawyers, college professors, & engineers, they are not suddenly going to become blue collar & apply for jobs at the next manufacturing plant that opens up in Alameda. Their jobs will always be off-island.

  • Now, now… don’t cloud academic urban planning dogma with facts and reality…