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Bay Area Commission Explores Limiting Office Space In Cities Which Lack Housing

June 26, 2019

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(KPIX 5) — The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is thinking about ways to reduce the traffic and housing crunch in its Plan Bay Area 2050.

One of the concepts the MTC is looking at is putting a cap on office space in cities that have more jobs than houses. The idea is to push businesses to set up shop in places that have more housing, thereby reducing commutes.

“The goal of the strategy is to see where jobs would choose to relocate if limitations would put in place in job-rich areas,” according to an MTC report.

The MTC would try out the office space cap on the 11 Bay Area cities that have more than two jobs for every housing unit. Cities affected by this strategy include: Colma, Brisbane, Menlo Park, South San Francisco, and Burlingame in San Mateo County; Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Milpitas, and Cupertino in Santa Clara County; and Emeryville in Alameda County, according to the report… (more)

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  1. Gregory Schmid permalink
    June 28, 2019 12:41 pm

    The issue is not 11 isolated cities–the issue is the West Bay. The geographic area that stretches along the Bay from San Francisco to the cities of Santa Clara/Cupertino have added two jobs to each new employed resident between 2010 and 2017 (Census Bureau). That is a gain of 250,000 jobs with 125,000 new workers commuting from outside the area (while ridership on Caltrain, BART and VTA has leveled or fallen in recent years). This is an absolute failure of MTC/ABAG’s Priority Development Areas. Don’t let them ‘plan’ the next eight years in Plan Bay Area 2050!!

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