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Bay Area Council – By Right Toolkit

GOAL: BUILD EDUCATION AND AWARENESS IN SUPPORT OF GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN’S “BY-RIGHT” HOUSING PROPOSAL During the legislative recess, the Right to Build Coalition will lead a robust education and awareness campaign in support of Governor Jerry Brown’s landmark reform proposal – “By-Right" Housing Proposal (also known as the Streamlining Affordable Housing Approvals 2016-17 Budget Trailer [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:44:07+00:00 July 25th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Solving Two Problems: Converting Unused Office Space to Residential

With more than 16 million Americans today residing within two miles (3.2 km) of their city hall, the recent revival of downtown living may be most obvious in the form of newly built luxury residential high rises appearing in so many cities. A less-noticed dimension of the downtown housing story over the past several years [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:27:36+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Developer Covers New Homes in Metal, Fiberglass – San Diego UT

If you’re going to pay the increasingly high price for a San Diego home, at least get one that isn’t going to break the bank in maintenance. That’s the theory of Lee Schwartz, a developer in the middle of building three nearly identical 1,800-square-foot homes at G and 31st streets just south of Golden Hill. [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:31:20+00:00 July 20th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Many boomers in denial over possible problems of growing old in the suburbs – The Herald

Greg Glischinski and his wife, Sheri, have lived in their two-story brick and wood Colonial-style house for more than three decades. The retirees, both in their 60s, want to stay where they are for the rest of their lives. But their house has no bedroom or full bathroom on the first floor. It is on [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:32:24+00:00 July 13th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Affordable Advocates and Supply – Forbes July 2016

Advocates for subsidized, low-income housing are good at calling for more money to build subsidized housing to offset high housing prices. But why are housing prices so high in the first place? The lack of market rate supply contributes to high prices that puts market rate housing out of reach, and as long as that [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:33:38+00:00 July 12th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

YIMBY Lecture – Sightline Institute July 2016

Last month, Seattle mom, homeowner, and urbanist Sara Maxana gave a keynote address at the first national YIMBY conference, held in Boulder, Colorado. That’s “Yes In My Back Yard,” an invitation to build more homes—of more types and sizes and affordability levels—so that our cities can remain places of opportunity for many, rather than enclaves [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:35:32+00:00 July 7th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

San Diego Boosts Affordable Housing Incentives

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday approved a package of measures aimed at alleviating the city's acute shortage of affordable housing. The measures, which passed unanimously, include an increase to the "density bonus" available for projects with more housing reserved for low-income residents. Higher-density housing is more attractive for developers because they can make [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:37:17+00:00 June 21st, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Millennials Look to the Suburbs, Not Cities, for First Homes

Like any good developer, Kyle Zeppelin sensed a trend, noticed undervalued property, and made his move. A Denver developer who grew up with the family business (and currently partners with his father, Mickey), Zeppelin wasn’t blind to the demographic trends reshaping cities and urban areas across the country: families wanting to live downtown, and young [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:39:10+00:00 June 21st, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Why Builder Impact Fees are so High – Builder June 2016

Part 1: As you can see below, California's fees are absurd compared to the rest of the country and there is indeed a very high correlation between the cost of impact fees and the level of housing growth. The six highest fee markets are all in the Golden State when measured as a percentage of [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:41:02+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda

What is the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda? BACKGROUND In September 2014, Mayor Murray and the City Council gathered leaders in our community to help develop a bold agenda for increasing the affordability of housing in our city by convening a Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Advisory Committee. The 28-member Committee included renters and [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:42:39+00:00 April 18th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments