Redwood City Adopts Affordable Housing Impact Fee Program
Following their participation in the San Mateo County Grand Nexus Study, the City of Redwood City adopted an Affordable Housing Impact Fee Program October 26th.
City Council adopted staff recommended fees ranging from $5 to $25. The fees will be used to develop and rehabilitate housing in Redwood City that is affordable for lower income households, and is expected to generate more than $3 million per year. A second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the December 7th City Council hearing, at which point the program will be finalized.
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Grand Boulevard Initiative Featured in San Francisco Business Times
The Grand Boulevard Initiative is attracting attention - San Francisco Business Times published an article about the Initiative’s efforts to transform the El Camino Real Corridor into a people friendly place. The article discusses the many challenges this effort inevitably faces as a collaborative, inclusive forum, and also highlights new development projects along the Corridor. Grand Boulevard Initiative Task Force Members and staff provide insight on transforming the Corridor to be safe and accessible for all users, share challenges and successes with current mixed-use projects, and highlight the importance of El Camino Real.
Click here to learn more about the Grand Boulevard Initiative and the hard work of the many participants who are working to transform El Camino Real.
To Relinquish or Not to Relinquish? State Route 82 Relinquishment Exploration Study Provides Information to Aid Informed Decisions
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)-funded State Route 82 Relinquishment Exploration Study investigates the Caltrans relinquishment process, potential benefits, and estimated costs associated with relinquishing State Route 82 (El Camino Real) from state ownership to the individual local jurisdictions.
The Study examines the Caltrans relinquishment process, analyzes case studies of recent highway relinquishments, including a portion of The Alameda in San Jose, and assesses the existing conditions along El Camino Real to determine cost estimates of relinquishment. The Study specifically looks at 20 miles of El Camino Real from the I-880 Interchange in San Jose to State Route 84 in Redwood City and provides information and analysis for communities and stakeholders in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, as well as other cities in the Bay Area, to make informed decisions about relinquishment of state highways to local jurisdictions.
Check out the Study here: https://www.hightail.com/download/bXBZZHlzckk1UjRPd3NUQw
A Historic Perspective on El Camino Real
Sustainable San Mateo County featured the Grand Boulevard Initiative in a fascinating article on El Camino Real through a historic lens. The article outlines the evolution of “the Royal Road” and identifies the Grand Boulevard Initiative as a change-maker, helping to create more of what Peninsula communities desire and need: vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods, thriving business communities, and a strong system of public transportation that is safe and accessible. Read the article and see how the Grand Boulevard Initiative is working to foster sustainable communities and people friendly places: http://www.sustainablesanmateo.org/2015/04/10/el-camino-real-a-historic-perspective/.
Join HLC’s “Fill the Affordable Housing Gap: Development Impact Fee Workshop”
The Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo is hosting their “Fill the Affordable Housing Gap: Development Impact Fee Workshop” on July 15th. The discussion will surround the results of the “Grand Nexus Study” on Development Impact Fees, a potential method for providing housing funding in our cities. Learn about impact fees, how they are justified, their legality, and how they can be implemented.
Light dinner is included, RSVP required. Register here: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50720/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=82572.
Sign Up for the 5th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit – August 26th!
The region’s largest gathering of active transportation leaders and organizers from across sectors is the place to be to explore innovative ideas on safety and bicycling in Silicon Valley. There will be presentations by San Mateo and Santa Clara County Health Departments debuting their bicycle collision reports. The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition will present a new toolkit for local governments to implement Vision Zero plans. There will be a presentation on technology solutions to address data holes and safety accessibility issues. The keynote speakers are two cutting-edge transportation leaders, Nuria Fernandez, General Manager and CEO of VTA and Jim Hartnett, General Manager and CEO of SamTrans. Finally, stick around for a post-summit happy hour to mingle with colleagues and friends.
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