A second motion passed 4-3 (Means, Inks, Abe-Koga, Macias voting yes).
As approved by Council, starting February 9, 2013, commercial "Office/High Tech" developers will be assessed $10/square foot, and there will be no increase for "Retail/Entertainment" and "Hotel" types of non-residential development (it was proposed to be a 2.5x increase in fees for everyone, meaning $15/square foot for offices).
There had been previous widespread agreement that non-residential development is the main driver of the need for affordable housing for lower-wage workers, which has now reached crisis proportions in Mountain View. Further development allowed under the new General Plan will exacerbate this.
Also starting February 9, 2013, rental-housing developers (who would be required to provide 10% BMR units under our 1999 BMR ordinance) will also be assessed $10/square foot, equivalent to less than 5% BMR units, and not an incentive for them to provide "units, not fees".