Housing & Homelessness (News)

Pleasanton approves deal to end lawsuit over housing in the city

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 08/03/2010 - 11:23am

PLEASANTON — The City Council has agreed to kill off a voter-approved limit on the number of homes that can be built in Pleasanton.

Tuesday night's 4-0 decision settles a lawsuit filed against the city by Urban Habitat over the city's 29,000-home cap approved by voters in 1996. Urban Habitat claimed that the limit doesn't allow the city to meet its obligations to provide affordable housing.

Pleasanton’s battle for local control over housing could reverberate around California

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 08/03/2010 - 11:18am

Pleasanton officials expect a plan they will unveil next week will resolve a dispute that has stalled the city’s housing plans.

The outcome of the lawsuit at the core of the dispute could set a precedent for how California cities plan for housing and meet state-mandated requirements.

Pleasanton likely to lift housing cap

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 2:19pm

Pleasanton's City Council has tentatively agreed to lift a cap on the number of residences in the city after a judge ruled that the limit violates state law.

The decision was part of a settlement between the city, the state attorney general's office and two lawsuit plaintiffs that requires Pleasanton to remove the voter-approved cap, pay almost $2 million over two years in attorney fees and implement a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2012.

PETRA, the death of public housing

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 4:53pm

Berkeley - The scheme to privatize and sell Berkeley's 75 public housing units has stalled, and currently the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has not completed it's review of the disposition plan filed with HUD to dispose of Berkeley's public housing.

Around December 31, 2009, the Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) filed an application with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to dispose of it's public housing units, and expected HUD approval of the scheme in around 90 days. HUD approval has not occurred.

Pleasanton Council may settle affordable housing litigation issues Tuesday

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 3:57pm

The Pleasanton City Council is expected to agree to a court order Tuesday that scuttles a 29,000-unit housing cap law approved by voters in 1996 and to provide more affordable and workforce housing to meet future state housing requirements here.

The agreement, according to staff reports prepared for the council meeting, also calls for paying $1.9 million in legal fees to lawyers from Urban Habitat and Public Advocates, the two housing coalitions that filed the successful suit in 2006 to invalidate the housing cap. Tom Brown, an attorney who represented Pleasanton as outside counsel in the litigation, already has been paid about $500,000 for his work.

Driving up the cost of housing

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 04/29/2010 - 10:55am

GREEN CITY If you think living in the Bay Area is expensive, think about what it would be like if you didn't have access to public transportation. A new report by Chicago-based think tank Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) considers just that problem, offering a new way of understanding just what constitutes affordable housing.

The CNT report — dubbed the Housing and Transportation (H+T) Affordability Index (www.htaindex.cnt.org [2]) — maps housing affordability for 337 metropolitan areas and provides before-and-after snapshots that show how affordability changes when transportation costs are taken into account.

Judge's halt to non-residential building permits has some Pleasanton business leaders concerned

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 04/14/2010 - 4:23pm

PLEASANTON — It has been nearly a month since an Alameda County Superior Court judge voided the city's voter-approved housing cap, and the city has yet to announce its action plan.
It's a situation that is making some city business leaders nervous.
On March 12, Judge Frank Roesch ruled that the city's 1998 voter-approved housing cap of 29,000 units is void. He ordered the city to drop the cap because it violates state law and prevents the city from meeting its share of regional housing needs, that is set by the Association of Bay Area Governments.


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