As more developers raze starter homes to build extravagant monster homes in Redwood City, the City Council has escalated its approach to protecting the city’s landscape and its diversity.
Redwood City Council on Monday night voted unanimously to add a layer to the city’s permit approval process by requiring that new homes that cover 45 percent of a lot or are 3,000 square feet or more go before the planning commission for review.
Several proposed projects and homes built by developers recently have caused an uproar among some residents who complain that the new projects lack compatibility with existing neighborhoods and are making it more difficult for young families to live in the city.
“My hope is that, by doing this, the developer will actually adjust the projects. That they will downsize them to a reasonable size that the neighborhood can live with and that will still meet the needs of a large growing family,” Mayor Ian Bain said at the council meeting Monday night.
Even so, the council’s decision fell short of what the city planning commission recommended as part of the city’s multi-pronged plan to modify its zoning ordinances and residential design guidelines. The commission had called for an outright limit on the size of single-family homes to 40 percent of the lot area or to a maximum house size of 2,500 square feet — whichever was greater.
The council made the decision after a nearly five-hour meeting in front of a divided, standing-room-only crowd of about 150 residents.
We are about to get into the next round of defending our properties from developers and county boards that don’t listen to their constituents .
WHAT IS THE COMPELLING REASON TO REZONE?
THERE IS NO HOUSING SHORTAGE. THESE ARE NOT AFFORBALE UNITS. WHY SHOULD WE REZONE?
It’s not for lack of building in the area. Here is the latest:
Nearly three years in the making, a massive development that could transform a neighborhood near Redwood City’s downtown into a vibrant hub of housing, stores and offices is poised to get the final green light this week.
The proposed development will include 400 market-rate residential units, 120 affordable units, 420,000 square feet of office space, 26,000 square feet of retail space, a 10,000 square-foot child care center and shared underground parking for residents, employees and retail customers.
A 1.6-acre open space area — complete with a dog park, water feature and a shaded plaza with seating — will separate the residential and office buildings.
Massive Redwood City housing, retail and office development up for final OK
Another nail in the coffin for anyone thinking there is a logical reason to re-rezone the Rutherford Ave / Woodside Rd parcel and allow the property owner to build condos when the area was rezoned less than 15 years ago to protect against that exact thing.
The county still needs to do a better job on affordable housing for sure, but market-price housing goals are actually being exceeded.
Redwood City has exceeded its Regional Housing Needs Allocation target for above-market rate units for the current RHNA cycle, which spans from 2014 to 2023, but is far from satisfying its affordable housing goal, according to the city’s annual housing report, which was recently submitted to the state.
To meet its affordable housing goal, Redwood City must construct 502 moderate-, 372 low- and 699 very-low-income units by the end of 2023 when the cycle ends.
“How 131 three-story townhouses at 1548 Maple St., along a 7.9-acre stretch of Redwood City’s waterfront can provide affordable housing, affect car and bike traffic as well as access to open space, were among the points of discussion at Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting.”
So the argument that Rutherford Ave and Woodside Road needs to be rezoned, after neighbors met just 14 years ago to prevent this type of thing from happening, in order to provide more housing – has lost ANY credibility.