The Marin Independent Journal just published an article about a bill (AB 1537) that Gov. Moonbeam has signed giving Marin, San Rafael and Novato some relief from high-density "affordable" housing regulations that are being rammed down cities' throats. Their assemblyman, Marc Levine, appears to have his act together on what should (and shouldn't) be a priority as an elected official. He is quoted saying
"Housing should be built in a manner that reflects the character of the communities in which we live. This bill encourages this by correcting an anomaly in law. This bill assures that the law reflects what Marin residents already know; we live in suburban communities, not a metropolitan county," Levine said.
Being re-classified as "suburban" means those three cities'
future affordable housing developments can be built at 20 units per acre versus the 30-units-per-acre previously required by the state. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2015, and will apply to one eight-year housing cycle from 2015 to 2023, after which it will be reviewed.
Let's put aside the theory that "affordable housing" is just a shell game that moves costs from one development to another or from part of one large development to another part. This is progress. Perhaps our Kevin Mullin could get cracking on the same initiative?
An acre is 43,560 square feet or between 5.8 and 8.7 standard B'game lots. So suburban reclassification would still equate to between 2.3 and 3.4 times our current single-family density. San Mateo County is already 3.3 times as dense as Marin County! Seems like plenty to me especially for something forced on us from Sacramento. Kevin? Jerry? What say you two?