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State squeezes Marin to streamline housing development

February 9, 2018

By Richard Halstead : marinij – excerpt

Marin County and nine of 11 municipalities could be required to implement a streamlined approval process for multi-family housing under a new state law that took effect Jan. 1.

Senate Bill 35, which passed last year despite the opposition of Marin’s two representatives in the Legislature — Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, and Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-Greenbrae — was designed to ensure that cities and counties are approving the housing needed to keep pace with population growth.

Late last week, the state Department of Housing and Community Development released a list of the cities and counties now subject to streamlined housing development under SB 35. The only two Marin municipalities that escaped the streamlining requirement were Corte Madera and San Anselmo…

Paul Jensen, San Rafael’s community development director, agreed that the prevailing wage requirement will be a major hurdle for developers seeking to utilize SB 35 in Marin…

These Bay Area cities and counties are failing to meet all of their housing goals — both market rate and affordable:

Alameda County, Capitola, Carmel, Clayton, Concord, East Palo Alto, Emeryville, Hayward, Los Altos Hills, Martinez, Menlo Park, Mill Valley, Millbrae, Monterey, Moraga, Newark, Novato, Pacifica, Pinole, Pleasant Hill, Redwood City, Richmond, San Bruno, San Leandro, San Mateo County, Santa Cruz County, Sausalito, South San Francisco, Tracy, Union City, Vallejo

The Bay Area cities and counties below are not issuing enough permits for affordable (below market rate) housing, but are on track to meet their goals for market-rate housing:

Alameda, Albany, Antioch, Atherton, Berkeley, Brisbane, Burlingame, Campbell, Contra Costa County, Cupertino, Daly City, Danville, Dublin, El Cerrito, Fremont, Gilroy, Hercules, Lafayette, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Marin County, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Oakland, Orinda, Palo Alto, Piedmont, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, San Pablo, San Rafael, San Ramon, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, Sunnyvale, Walnut Creek, Woodside…(more)

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