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Agenda Item I-1 and achieving the Downtown Specific Plan's housing goals

From: domainremoved <Bob>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2017 14:37:46 -0800

Dear Mayor Keith and City Council,

Agenda Item I-1 shows that the city is progressing well towards achieving
the goals of the Downtown Specific Plan with regards to commercial
development. Thank you for your hard work and leadership in encouraging the
kind of attractive and sustainable development we need to have a vibrant
downtown.

However, the same report shows that we still have work to do in order to
achieve the residential development we have planned for. Given its
proximity to transit and services, our downtown is an excellent place for
housing, particularly in the form of small, naturally affordable apartments
over first-floor retail.

However, there are numerous barriers preventing this housing from being
developed. A purely residential development would run afoul of density
requirements that prevent small units, essentially requiring developers to
build a small number of large condos aimed at families. Similarly, minimum
parking requirements without the option of in lieu fees make it extremely
difficult to build housing on the kind of small lots that are common in the
downtown.

Staff is scheduling a follow-up meeting to discuss development maximums and
future changes to the Specific Plan. I encourage you to ask them to examine
the barriers to residential development in the downtown and potential
measures to address them as preparation for this follow-up meeting.

Thank you,
Bob McGrew
Received on Tue Dec 05 2017 - 14:42:02 PST

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