As our state lawmakers return from summer season recess and get again to unfinished enterprise, there stay quite a few crucial payments wanted to handle our housing disaster.
Amongst them, nonetheless to be taken up by the total Senate, is Meeting Invoice 2923, a high-profile invoice that will ship a vital alternative for working households on the lookout for a house they’ll afford inside a BART journey to their work or college.
AB 2923, authored by Assemblymen David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Tim Grayson, D-Harmony, would allow the creation of 1000’s of latest reasonably priced houses at and round BART stations, leading to fewer vehicles and fewer congestion on our area’s roads. East Bay legislators ought to help this revolutionary housing and transit resolution.
It’s no secret amongst affordable-housing advocates and specialists that transit-oriented growth is one among our most crucial instruments in addressing our area’s housing and transportation wants. When the Non-Revenue Housing Affiliation of Northern California final 12 months authored and launched a report titled “On Observe Collectively,” we emphasised the well-established connection between transit-oriented reasonably priced housing and getting vehicles off the roads: An almost 40 % discount in driving.
That is exactly the kind of resolution Bay Space voters are on the lookout for: The Bay Space Information Group and Silicon Valley Management Group just lately launched polling that confirmed Bay Space residents overwhelmingly need extra housing and improved site visitors circulation.
Proposals resembling AB 2923 are the reply to our area’s twin challenges. We’d like options that acknowledge that housing and site visitors are not issues with an both/or resolution however a each/and method. By constructing extra reasonably priced houses close to BART transit nodes, we are able to each create extra housing and cut back congestion on our roads.
AB 2923 is a chance to increase on current, profitable transit-oriented growth already surrounding BART stations. You’ll be able to see mixed-income housing at stations all through the area, resembling Fruitvale Transit Village in Oakland and Marea Alta in San Leandro. These communities are reasonably priced and walkable and enhance close by neighborhoods by filling a void, enhancing security and making the BART station extra of a neighborhood asset.
By setting fundamental pointers for BART-owned land developed by a public course of, this invoice delivers essential alternatives across the Bay Space. BART is the biggest public proprietor of alternative websites in our area’s core. These properties usually are not greenfields nor a part of current neighborhood cloth; fairly the alternative, these are huge floor parking heaps, disruptive to the neighborhood and to the pure surroundings. By consolidating parking into constructions on the applicable places, we are able to higher join surrounding communities with their BART stations whereas enhancing public security, walkability and transit entry.
AB 2923 strikes a wise stability between native land use and zoning management and delivering the reasonably priced housing that our area wants, proper subsequent to our area’s finest transit.
The invoice would require the elected BART Board of Administrators to ascertain pointers for transit-oriented growth for BART-owned land at or round a BART station. Cities would then replace their native zoning to be according to these requirements whereas retaining management over neighborhood design requirements and last allowing authority.
Bay Space voters have demonstrated their robust help for investing in and implementing options to our housing-affordability problem. We should additionally plan for achievement — which implies guaranteeing there are locations to obtain housing that help our fairness, sustainability and financial growth objectives. BART stations are the place that may ship. We urge the state Legislature to approve AB 2923.
Michael Lane is Coverage Director of the Non-Revenue Housing Affiliation of Northern California, which represents greater than 750 builders, neighborhood leaders, companies, and advocates selling reasonably priced Bay Space housing.