Council voted Tuesday to embark on an intensive project to develop extensive new development standards to preserve the city's discretion over land use decisions.
The Council is reneging on its 2006 pledge to divert all excess property taxes into an affordable housing fund. In 2017, $7M went into the Capital Improvement budget instead.
Experts are concerned that housing prices are getting so high that people and companies may leave the Bay Area, undermining the local economy.
Berkeley, already among the most expensive places to build in the East Bay, just raised the price tag for developers who do not include affordable units on site.
Berkeley officials voted unanimously Tuesday night to prioritize a plan to build what was described as the city's largest ever supportive housing development for the homeless.
City staff say there are too many referred projects designed to ease Berkeley's housing affordability crisis, and priorities need to be set.
Increasing fees on market-rate housing makes won't produce more affordable housing; it will only make housing more expensive for everyone.
Zoning laws in Berkeley have been used historically to exclude African Americans and other populations from certain parts of the city. For equity's sake, they must be changed.
It is not true that asking developers to pay higher fees will kill their incentive to build. Just look at all the cranes out there.
Berkeley is in the throes of a significant affordable housing crisis and higher fees on market rate projects will help mitigate the crisis.
Berkeley needs to address its housing affordability crisis. Unfortunately, many items on the City Council agenda could worsen affordability and displacement.
Assembly Bill AB 1506 ( which has been withdrawn) was sponsored by Assembly persons from Santa Monica. This article was written before it was withdrawn but I thought the information would be useful to those interested in the effects of rent control without Costa Hawkins.
New data shows that Berkeley has the eighth-highest rent of 30 Bay Area cities, and with insufficient new housing, there's no sign it's going anywhere but up.