Major Changes May Come to Bay Area Planning As MTC and ABAG Move Toward Merger

Michael Krasny : KQED – excerpt – (includes audio) THE MERGER UNDER CONSIDERATION http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201602180900 The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are responsible for housing and transportation planning for the Bay Area, including the controversial “Plan Bay Area” mandate. Now there’s talk of merging the two agencies, with a … More Major Changes May Come to Bay Area Planning As MTC and ABAG Move Toward Merger

Bay Area needs powerful regional government, study says

By Andrew McGall : contracostatimes – excerpt The Bay Area generates one of the brightest sparks in the nation’s recovering economy, but feeding its vitality means residents will have to give up some local control, dig deeper into their wallets, and make room for tens of thousands of new neighbors, according to study released Friday. … More Bay Area needs powerful regional government, study says

Special Deal Would Benefit Influential Oakland Developer

By Darwin BondGraham : eastbayextress – excerpt The Oakland planning department quietly proposed zoning changes that would greatly benefit a politically connected developer in the heart of First Friday. The proposed zoning changes would make it easier for Signature Development to build a large mixed-use project across the street from the company’s Hive development in … More Special Deal Would Benefit Influential Oakland Developer

San Francisco Affordable Housing Bonus General Plan

Author’s opinion piece: If you ever want to oppose any development in SF, Voting no on D may be your last opportunity to do so before they pass this program. If the Mayor gets his way to fastrack projects without public scrutiny, review, comments or opinions, you will soon have less chance to oppose it than … More San Francisco Affordable Housing Bonus General Plan

400-Square-Foot Two-Bedrooms Proposed, Planning Has Concerns

socketsite – excerpt Panoramic Interests plans to raze the single-story industrial building at 333 12th Street and build up to seven stories and 274 apartments on the parcel and adjacent parking lot between Folsom and Harrison. s currently zoned, the Western SoMa site could support around 200 units of housing in buildings up to five … More 400-Square-Foot Two-Bedrooms Proposed, Planning Has Concerns

United States: State Agencies Can’t Say CEQA Mitigation Is Infeasible If Earmarked Funds Are Unavailable, High Court Says

by Kenneth Kecskes : realestatecounsel – excerpt When environmental review of a proposed development project by a state agency shows that it will have traffic impacts, a state agency is not allowed to nevertheless approve the project on the grounds that the funds needed to mitigate congestion have not been earmarked by the Legislature, the California … More United States: State Agencies Can’t Say CEQA Mitigation Is Infeasible If Earmarked Funds Are Unavailable, High Court Says