Advisory Board Tours "Affordable" Housing Sites

County housing advocates hosted a three-hour bus tour for people who wanted to see what kind of housing Menlo Park officials are writing into the city's general plan.

Menlo Park's Housing Element Update Steering Committee is working on rewriting the city's land use laws to accomodate "affordable" housing.  As businesses expand, the city is supposed to modify the city's general plan to allow developers to build homes for these new workers.  , although it has approved permits for major projects.  

When the city's deficiency of affordable housing was put into the spotlight.  Now, the HEUS committee has about six months to update the city's plan to allow for development of affordable housing, identify specific locations where this can happen, and add rules that will govern how this land can be used.  

The Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County organized a three-hour bus tour this weekend to take people to locations in the county where affordable housing already exists. 

Look at this google map to see where the bus driver took them.  

Gregory September 12, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Menlo Park isn't ever going to be a place where blue collar workers will be able to buy a home.
Vanessa Castañeda September 13, 2012 at 05:19 PM
What does it mean to be a blue collar worker in 2012? Is this a state of mind? Or is this a social class determined by the amount of money on your paycheck stub?
Vanessa Castañeda September 13, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Update: Joshua S. Hugg, Program Manager for the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, says the locations were chosen for their density and proximity to Menlo Park. "They approximated the density that was being sought (30 units/acre) and were not too far from MP city hall," Hugg said. "Also, apartments (vs. ownership) were chosen since this is the primary product being built these days in today’s market (average rents ~$2200 for 2BR). Most market rate construction does, however, usually ask for a “condo map” during the entitlement process, which means they could convert the apartments to for-sale condos at some point," he said. "Deed-restricted affordable housing, like the ones shown, do not do this."


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