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David Chudzicki: Bay area housing policy

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David Chudzicki's talk at Refactor Camp 2013.

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David Chudzicki: Bay area housing policy

  1. Bay Area Housing Policy: The State of Play
  2. Plan:1. Why are we talking about housing? (Why now?)2. (Background) What kinds of policy affect housing at the local level? How are they enacted, by whom?3. (Background) State / regional influence on housing4. Who are the players in this game?5. Discussion questions6. Discussion (30-40 minutes)
  3. Plan:1. Why are we talking about housing? (Why now?)2. (Background) What kinds of policy affect housing at the local level? How are they enacted, by whom?3. (Background) State / regional influence on housing4. Who are the players in this game?5. Various thoughts– culture wars, hacking, etc.6. Discussion (30-40 minutes)
  4. Google searches: “affordable housing” (in SF Bay area)
  5. Prices really do seem to be going up a lot!
  6. Benefits of density
  7. Plan:1. Why are we talking about housing? (Why now?)2. (Background) What kinds of policy affect housing at the local level? How are they enacted, by whom?3. (Background) State / regional influence on housing4. Who are the players in this game?5. Various thoughts– culture wars, hacking, etc.6. Discussion (30-40 minutes)
  8. Vehicles of Local Housing Policy• Zoning against multi-unit buildings• Minimum lot sizes
  9. E.g.:• Los Altos Hills entirely zoned for one acre lots• Much of Palo Alto zoned for 8,000 sq ft single family lots (less extreme) • (typical) process for requesting rezoning• Etc.
  10. Vehicles of Local Housing Policy• Zoning against multi-unit buildings• Minimum lot sizes• Parking requirements
  11. Example from Hayward munipal code:
  12. … it goes on …
  13. Vehicles of Local Housing Policy• Zoning against multi-unit buildings• Minimum lot sizes• Parking requirements• Height limits• Minimum apartment sizes• Historical building preservation• Rent control• “affordable” housing requirement for each project (SF)
  14. SF and cities– planning department organizes “city plan” and“neighborhood plans” which end up determining the nature of allthese regulations.
  15. Plan:1. Why are we talking about housing? (Why now?)2. (Background) What kinds of policy affect housing at the local level? How are they enacted, by whom?3. (Background) State / regional influence on housing4. Who are the players in this game?5. Various thoughts– culture wars, hacking, etc.6. Discussion (30-40 minutes)
  16. Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)Impact– not much.
  17. California Environmental Quality ActEasily used to delay projects whether or not there are realenvironmental concerns.Recent SF controversey– Scott Wiener trying to make it harder to raiseCEQA objections.
  18. Plan:1. Why are we talking about housing? (Why now?)2. (Background) What kinds of policy affect housing at the local level? How are they enacted, by whom?3. (Background) State / regional influence on housing4. Who are the players in this game?5. Various thoughts– culture wars, hacking, etc.6. Discussion (30-40 minutes)
  19. The players: • developers • advocates for low income people • environmentalists • construction unions (I’ve heard of unions using CEQA to force developers to use unionized labor or else experience costly delays) • local neighborhood groups • Conservationists • renters
  20. Plan:1. Why are we talking about housing? (Why now?)2. (Background) What kinds of policy affect housing at the local level? How are they enacted, by whom?3. (Background) State / regional influence on housing4. Who are the players in this game?5. Discussion6. Discussion (30-40 minutes)
  21. Plan:1. Why are we talking about housing? (Why now?)2. (Background) What kinds of policy affect housing at the local level? How are they enacted, by whom?3. (Background) State / regional influence on housing4. Who are the players in this game?5. Various thoughts– culture wars, hacking, etc.6. Discussion (30-40 minutes)
  22. Appendix[Will contain charts etc that could be useful in discussion. More thanare there now.]
  23. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303296604577450760765114108.html
  24. http://www.zillow.com/local-info/CA-San-Francisco-home-value/r_20330/#metric=mt%3D34%26dt%3D1%26tp%3D5%26rt%3D8%26r%3D20330%252C274552%252C268020%252C268150%26el%3D0
  25. Fights over micro units – fears of commuting techies, fears about notenough housing for “families”.

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