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Willow Village EIR and policy issues

From: domainremoved <Adina>
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:01:52 -0800

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Honorable Council Members,

Following are several comments relating to Council direction for the Environmental Impact Report for Willow Village, and related policy issues.

1) Dumbarton Rail - Quantitative Analysis if information is available

The staff report notes that Dumbarton rail will be studied, but the proposal is to only study it qualitatively.

However, Facebook and the Crossbay Transit Partners are working on feasibility studies now, with environmental review in 2020 at the same time as the EIR for Willow Village (see link to timeline). If quantitative analysis regarding Dumbarton Rail is available in a relevant time frame for the Willow Village EIR, it should be used. https://crossbaytransit.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/DRC-Timeline-Updated-November-2019.pdf

Jobs-Housing Balance - Staff report says the appropriate place to study it is in the City Council Workplan
The staff report for the Willow Village EIR notes that Housing Needs Assessment for the Project "will not specifically consider the jobs/housing balance, but will consider the housing need generated by the proposed project and compare that to the available supply of housing... For a broader look at the jobs/housing balance for the city and subregion, the staff report notes that the appropriate place to move this forward would be in the City Council Workplan, which could approve a study that would deliver results in a timeframe that would be relevant for the Development Agreement for Willow Village.

Looking only at the housing needs generated by this development alone is not enough context for policymakers, given the rapid job growth in the City and the Bayfront area, of which this development would be only a fraction.

Therefore, I would urge City Council to take this path and do the jobs/housing balance study as part of the 2020 workplan.

The excerpt of the relevant section of the staff report is here:

City staff consulted with the city’s housing consultant and a study of the jobs/housing balance would be more appropriate on a larger citywide or regional scale. Such an analysis could be completed concurrently during the entitlement process. If the City Council is interested in a broader study of the jobs/housing balance, it may wish to prioritize the study during the development of the City Council’s 2020 work plan, which would be outside of the project’s environmental and entitlement review..The jobs/housing balance and any study thereof could be used to inform the development agreement negotiations as part of the entitlement review

Thank you for your consideration,
- Adina
Adina Levin
Received on Sun Dec 15 2019 - 19:06:48 PST

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