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File #: 2022-1630   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: Planning Board
On agenda: 1/10/2022
Title: A Public Workshop to Review and Comment on the Draft Housing Element Update Zoning Code Amendments for Shopping Center Sites to Accommodate the Regional Housing Needs Allocation for the Period 2023-2031 in Compliance with State Law
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 Proposed Locations for New Overlay District, 2. Item 7-B Public Comment as of 1-11-22

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A Public Workshop to Review and Comment on the Draft Housing Element Update Zoning Code Amendments for Shopping Center Sites to Accommodate the Regional Housing Needs Allocation for the Period 2023-2031 in Compliance with State Law

 

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To:                     Honorable President and

Members of the Planning Board

 

From:                     Andrew Thomas, Planning, Building and Transportation Director

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

This Housing Element workshop provides an opportunity for the Planning Board and the public to review and comment on a proposed zoning code amendment to permit, facilitate and encourage development of housing on shopping center sites in Alameda to accommodate the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) for the 2023-2031 Housing Element cycle.  

No final action is required at this time.  Staff is requesting Planning Board and community comments on the draft zoning code amendment described in this report.  Based upon the comments received at the workshop, staff will prepare a final draft zoning code amendment for Planning Board consideration and recommendation to the City Council at a future Planning Board meeting.    

BACKGROUND

 

As described in prior reports, the City of Alameda (City) must identify lands that can be feasibly developed for housing during the 2023-2031 period to accommodate over 5,353 units. Per State requirements, the City will need to accommodate buffer units for a total of 6,156 units.As shown in Table 1 below, the City draft inventory depends upon actions by the City to up-zone the City’s shopping center sites (see Line 14 in Table 1 below), Park Street and Webster Street (Lines 15 and 16) and the residential districts (Line 17).  Due to the small sites and limited capacity on Park Street and Webster Street and limited capacity in residential districts, , the draft Housing Element relies heavily on the ability to construct a large portion of the RHNA on the shopping center sites. 

Table 1:  Housing Opportunity Sites Inventory - Summary