Early this morning, Mountain View's City Council adopted an exciting new plan for the North Bayshore area, home to tech giants like Google and LinkedIn. The city’s new North Bayshore Precise Plan transforms the area’s vast expanse of parking lots into a thriving community with up to 9,850 new homes to address the Bay Area’s pressing housing shortage.
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The plan has many exciting features, including 20% of new homes for low-income residents, 31 acres of new public parks, and new shops and commercial spaces. Not to mention ample amenities for walking, biking, and transit with 11 miles of new public trails.
This is a huge win for all Bay Area residents, our environment, and the economy. Creating thousands of new homes in the heart of Silicon Valley means people can live close to where they work—easing the region’s housing affordability crisis and cutting the brutal commutes on our clogged freeways. It supports the economy by providing new customers for local shops and services. And it means less pressure to build on threatened farmland and wildlife habitat. As one of the largest plans for infill homes in the region, it also serves as a shining example for other communities to follow.
Many thanks to all of our partners who worked tirelessly with us over many years to make this happen. And a big shout out to the hundreds of Mountain View residents who spoke up to support a smart vision for North Bayshore.
Jeremy Madsen, CEO
Hoping to keep residential growth in Mountain View moving at a brisk pace, the City Council gave initial approval for proposals to build more than 1,600 new housing units, despite city staff's concerns about being overwhelmed by development projects.
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"Google officials are now backpedaling on demands for more office space as a condition for building 9,850 new housing units in North Bayshore. In a contrite letter sent Monday afternoon to the Mountain View City Council, the company's real estate team apologized for comments made last Tuesday, Sept. 26, that were widely interpreted as an ultimatum demanding an additional 800,000 square feet of office development rights.
In the letter, David Radcliffe, Google's vice president of real estate, emphasized that his team was wholeheartedly on board for seeing housing built near the company's North Bayshore headquarters.
“During the Council's study session, we voiced the idea that adding office space could be a way to offset housing costs. We apologize that this came out as a demand, when the intent was to open a conversation to address a potential issue,” he wrote."
Google officials are now backpedaling on their demands to the council last week for more office space as a condition for building 9,850 new housing units in North Bayshore.
“That was a zinger. That caught everybody by surprise,” Vice-Mayor Lenny Siegel said Wednesday. “Forgetting the issue that Google has loads of cash, my view on that is that … our North Bayshore plan shouldn’t make the jobs/housing imbalance appreciably worse.”
Mountain View is moving ahead with a plan to add 9,850 housing units for the area of a new Google campus.
The big day is coming – on Tuesday September 26 Mountain View City Council plans to give direction on how much housing to allow in North Bayshore where Google is headquartered!
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On Tuesday, March 1st, the Mountain View City Council will consider approving new affordable homes!
It's a fantastic proposal, that's been endorsed by Greenbelt Alliance as a strong example of how Mountain View show grow. It's called the Evelyn Family Apartments, and would provide homes for 116 families. In addition to helping tackle the housing affordability crisis, it's got lots of other smart elements, including free transit passes, a shuttle to local schools, and bike share.
Will you come out and give a word of support? Please join us on Tuesday the 1st or send an email to the City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We are thrilled with the City’s latest effort to address the housing crisis. This decision is a 180-degree turnaround from a 2012 decision to not allow new housing in the very same area. That 2012 decision was made even though Greenbelt Alliance, Google, and the Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning argued that a mixed-use neighborhood in North Bayshore would be a model for environmentally-friendly growth.
Back in November, the Mountain View City Council voted to maximize new housing in the city’s North Bayshore area, allowing up to 9,100 new homes in a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood in this key regional job center around Google’s campus. But the seeds for these new homes were planted long ago.
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On December 9, the Mountain View City Council will debate increasing the city's housing impact fees—fees that help make sure that new homes are affordable to people at a range of incomes. Families are struggling with crushing rents and traffic is growing as people are traveling longer distances to find a place to live.
This is a great opportunity to improve affordable housing policy in Mountain View on a city-wide level. Provide public comment on Tuesday or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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