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Original post was made on June 2, 2022

On Wednesday, Palo Alto adopted a set of new design rules that residential developers must meet to gain approval.

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send by Eric Filseth
A resident of Downtown North
Jun 5, 2022 at 3:37 PM

Eric Filseth is a registered user.

This is a bit old but I’ll weigh in anyway.

The Weekly should not repeat the consolidation of Affordable housing with Market Rate housing. The main barrier to AH creation is funding, not design standards. “Everything but money” The State Legislature is giving gifts to special interests while ignoring this fact as air cover for their empty AH’s promises to Californians. But the media telling people that AH isn’t about money doesn’t help when that’s where the real effort is needed. (Note that Wilton Ct doesn’t need AH coverage; PA also has the 2nd highest percentage of AH in the County.)

State “standards” legislation does not touch Affordability; Its aim is to remove design quality as the benchmark for Market Rate housing, which is free to Big Real Estate. Essentially, it aims to: “As long as it’s under 1/3 of the commercial, just build it and you’ll be fine with looks, privacy, daylight, etc.

However, while some people agree with this, it’s probably not much more. So Sacramento divides the baby. Most design standards include judgment – which is why cities only have checklists rather than Architectural Review Boards. So on the one hand, Sacramento is essentially saying, “As of January 1, 2022, current residential design standards in California are obsolete – everything is now valid” (again, overwhelmingly for Market Rate, given the lack of AH funding; plus most cities are already resilient. . real AH projects). On the other hand, Sacto nods to the majority, saying, “OK, you can get some standards back if you can only reduce them to numbers.” Yet less restrictions, not more.

The real question The Weekly should be asking is, “Do we really want residential design standards?” If “no” we should also get rid of Objective Standards. If “yes”, the OS is the framework. But none of them will produce AH; Sacramento may be tall on missions that cost (them) nothing, but are much shorter on funding, which actually produces AH. So, if AH is what you actually want, then – plug it in here – kindly consider a possible business tax this fall.

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