Mountain View approves nearly 10,000 homes by Google’s North Bayshore project

by Janice Bitters : bizjournals – excerpt

Mountain View’s North Bayshore Precise Plan got a unanimous stamp of approval early Wednesday morning, a culmination of more than six years of planning and nearly three years of public meetings.

The vote, taken shortly after midnight, came after City Council members worked for hours ironing out the fine details of a plan that readies the area — home to search giant Google — for a wide array of new uses, including nearly 10,000 new homes.

A cast of regional planning and development leaders showed up to voice support for the plan or witness its passage, including representatives from Google, prolific South Bay developer Sobrato Organization, Foster City-based affordable housing developer MidPen Housing and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

“I think this is a cutting-edge plan that sets a standard not just for the Bay Area, but for much of the country,” Mountain View Vice Mayor Lenny Siegel said minutes before the vote. “We aren’t just building housing, we are building it the right way to create a new kind of community for our area.”… (more)

Careful what you wish for. You just might get it. Looks like the “live near your work” experiment jut got a shot in the arm. Will the folks who work at Google live next it the campus the way the developers plan or will the housing go to non-workers? Some day we will find out.

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One Bay Area Plan to exempt developers from CEQA, decrease local jobs; toll roads everywhere

by Pam Farly: halfwaytoconcord – excerpt

June 20, a group of citizens concerned about private property rights attended the One Bay Area Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Meeting in Oakland. They learned that the One Bay Area Plan to institute sustainable development and smart growth in the Bay Area will exclude developers who agree to build TPP’s (Transit Priority Projects) from CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) requirements! The plan also calls for policies that decrease local jobs and creates toll roads everywhere.

What is CEQA?
A statute that requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions.

What is a TPP?
The development of living areas where the minimum housing density is 20 units per acre, and within a half mile of a major transit stop.

So– The One Bay Area Plan to improve air quality, transportation and housing will exempt builders from going through an environmental process that One Bay Area Planners claim is needed to keep the Bay Area from turning into an overcrowded, unlivable region. The One Bay Area Plan has been sold as a necessity to stop the environmental destruction of the Bay Area and create a sustainable and smarter Bay Area… (more)