- Spring retreat
- Chick-Fil-A project proposal. Should we support, should we oppose, should we do something in between? (Email us if you want to see a copy of the site plans. The document is too big to load here.)
- Drive thru policy discussion. Related to the item above.
- Housing impact fee to create affordable housing. How do we support it?
- Drive Less Challenge update
- General Plan next steps and the report back on the past few months of our efforts
- Bus Rapid Transit on El Camino Real update
- An event about the Grand Boulevard Initiative to be held in Mountain View
- Announcements of next Planning for Change workshops
- o Online communications tools for advocates (March or April)
- o Public speaking for advocates (April or May)
Here's a simple summary of what's on tomorrow's agenda:
Friday, March 16, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mountain View City Hall
City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
500 Castro Street
· Mountain View’s General Plan and North Bayshore Precise Plan efforts
· Anticipated long-term growth and transportation needs in the Shoreline Regional Park Community
· National trends in transportation and smart growth
· Panel discussion
— Innovative transportation options for the Shoreline Regional Park Community
— Portland South Waterfront Transportation System
— Los Colinas (Dallas) Area Personal Transit System
R. Michael Kasperzak, Mayor, City of Mountain View
Keynote Speaker/Panel Moderator:
William Fulton, AICP
Smart Growth America—VP for Policy and Programs
Former Mayor and Councilmember—Ventura, CA
· Randal Tsuda, City of Mountain View Community Development Director
· James Lightbody, AECOM
· Steve Raney, ULTra PRT
· Jerry Sanders, SkyTran
· Brian Newman, Director of Campus Planning, Oregon Health and Science University
Contact the Mountain View Public Works Department for more information
What: City Council study session on affordable housing impact fee
When: Tuesday, March 6, 5:15pm-6:30pm
Our ask to MVCSP members: Please attend and speak in favor of the impact fee.
Why: B/C affordability is key to sustainability. This impact fee is a tool to create affordable housing. Without support from the public, Council will likely decide not to use this tool.
Affordable housing is a key part of any sustainable community? Why? Because when there isn't a big enough supply of housing at all different price points, including less expensive homes, then workers are forced to drive long distances to get to their jobs. This worsens air pollution and climate change. It also has negative social and economic impacts for our City. In short, it's bad for all of the things that MVCSP stands for.
This is why we are urging people to attend the City Council study session on Tuesday, 3/6. You'll be commenting on the issue of an "Affordable Housing Impact Fee". In case you haven't been following the saga, affordable housing creation in California is in BAAAD shape. Many of the tools we could once count on (redevelopment agencies, inclusionary rental housing policies, etc.) have been eliminated. This has left cities grasping at straws, and looking for any solutions to get affordable housing in CA built. Here in Mountain View, we have such a solution! It's in the findings of the City's Nexus Study.
Last year, the City studied the economic impacts of building market rate housing. The findings of the study showed that building new market rate homes generated a need for below market rate (aka affordable) homes! To grossly oversimplify the reasons for these findings, we'll explain by saying that every new home brings new residents to town. These new residents will use the local dry cleaner, buy coffee at a nearby coffee shop, etc. The jobs (or little pieces of jobs) will be generated by these new customers and the people that hold these jobs need a place to live. Hopefully close by.
The nexus study justifies charging developers an "impact fee". This impact fee would then be used to build affordable housing in the City. (Again, this is simplified.) MVCSP supports the idea of adopting an impact fee of 3% of the total cost of each market rate unit.
We hope you do too. MVCSP members are urged to give up a little bit of their evening this Tuesday to go speak in favor of the adoption of the an impact fee for affordable housing. It's part and parcel of being sustainability-minded Mountain View residents. The meeting will be held from 5:15 to 6:30 in the Plaza Conference Room.
p.s. Just like the Valentine's Day Council meeting we asked you to go to, this will be over early and quickly so you can get home to your dinners!
MVCSP is gearing up for the third installment of the ongoing training series, Planning for Change: How to be an Effective Advocate, that we are hosting in partnership with Greenbelt Alliance. On March 29th, Greenbelt Alliance's Online Communications Manager, Sara Barz will be showing us all how to use free or inexpensive online communication tools for advocacy purposes. Like all of our other workshops, this event will be free but will require registration. Unlike our other workshops, we ask that you try to bring a laptop or some other wireless internet device (preferably something more elaborate than a smart phone) so that you can visit some of the sites Sara is telling us about in real time. Also, please note that we have not yet confirmed a location for this event. If you know of a good spot for a group of 20-40 people with wireless internet, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
So MVCSP is actually getting along in years. It was about three years ago this spring/summer that our group started to meet regularly and really take shape. We think that maybe "dog years" and "community group years" are probably pretty similar. This makes MVCSP equivalent to a young adult. Time to do some soul searching and figure out who we really are. To do this, we're going to be holding a retreat for all of our members (if you're reading this, that means you) this spring. We'll be talking about how to solidify our mission and structure, and we'll be making plans for the future. We intend to be around and making Mountain View increasingly sustainable for a long, long time to come. Help us shape our future by coming to our spring retreat. Keep checking in for details or email email@example.com to be added to a list of people who want to be contacted with updates.