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Land Use (News)

The City We All Want to Live In

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 03/25/2010 - 10:37am

The first American metropolises emerged after World War II, the result of a publicly subsidized mass exodus of white populations that coincided with the migration of blacks from the cotton and sugar fields of the American South to the cities of the North and West. Over the years, segregation in housing and in education increased, and today the nation’s public schools are more segregated than they were decades ago.

Judge Calls Pleasanton Housing Cap Illegal

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 12:24pm
PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) ― An Alameda County Judge says the city of Pleasanton's voter-approved cap on the number of residences in the city violates state law and must be changed.

Voters had approved a ballot measure in 1996 capping the number of residences in the Silicon Valley city at 29,000. The city now has more than 27,000.

Council delays response to court ruling invalidating Pleasanton's housing cap

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 12:07pm

Ruling bars city from issuing building permits to commercial builders, but gives home builders freeer rein

The Pleasanton City Council delayed any action last night in response to an Alameda County court ruling that invalidated the city's 14-year-old housing cap.

The ruling immediately halted all commercial building in Pleasanton after Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch determined that the cap, which had limited the total number of homes and apartments allowed to be built in the city to no more than 29,000 units, violates state law and is invalid.

Pleasanton housing cap violates law, judge says

Submitted by Land Use on Mon, 03/15/2010 - 5:01pm
PLEASANTON -- Pleasanton's voter-approved cap on the number of residences in the city, a measure intended to limit growth and congestion in the town, violates a state law requiring all cities to take on their share of regional housing needs, an Alameda County judge has ruled.

The ruling is the first by a California judge to require a city to change its zoning to accommodate new housing, said attorney Richard Marcantonio of the nonprofit Public Advocates firm, which represented the plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the cap.

Bay Area housing projects receive $190M

Submitted by Land Use on Mon, 03/15/2010 - 11:10am
The California Tax Credit Allocation Committee finished assigning a pool of $800 million in federal stimulus funds to affordable housing projects in California. The funds came from tax credits that affordable developers can sell to raise money for projects. The market for those credits declined along with the economy, but a provision in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allowed developers to exchange previously awarded and unused tax credits for $0.85 in cash per $1 of credit.

MTC Pledges $10 Million for New Affordable Housing Fund

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/26/2010 - 11:05am
OAKLAND, Calif.-- It makes good sense to place compact, affordable housing at transit hubs, and now the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is giving a substantial financial boost to the cause. MTC today approved a commitment of up to $10 million through its Transportation for Livable Communities program to help establish a new revolving loan fund to finance land acquisition for affordable housing development in select locations near rail and bus lines throughout the Bay Area.


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