Tuesday, 9/26 – Mountain View City Council returns to review North Bayshore transportation and housing

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, after an inconclusive meeting in June when Council deferred the direction  to the fall when the full Council would be in attendance.

Also on September 26, The day before, on Monday, October 25 6pm at the Adobe Building, there will be a community meeting with an update on the city’s study of high-capacity transit connecting from the Mountain View Transit Center to North Bayshore and a council study session on 10/17.

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At the last meeting, the options being debated included:

* creating a “first phase” with 1,500 to 3,000 units of housing, out of a total of 9,850 allowed in total. If transportation is functional once that first phase is in place, Council can then authorize another phase of housing.

* using a Master Plan process to review proposals for development that include both office and housing, along with services and transportation improvements.

The Master Plan approach was favored by the Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning and by Google itself, which is by far the biggest landowner in the area.  Because Google wants to develop the area in phases with mixes of offices, housing, and transportation improvements, this Master Plan give Council the ability to review the performance of the system and the plausibility of plans, but doesn’t put an extra obstacle before housing.

The city has a goal of 20% or more below market rate housing, to support community diversity and provide housing for workers including those with lower incomes.

What do you think? This is a big deal…

The decision about housing in North Bayshore is one of the most important decisions that will be made in the region about housing and transportation. Studies in the area continue to show that adding housing near jobs will reduce driving per person. This is one of the larger opportunities in our region to address the deep housing shortage that makes the region the least affordable in the nation, puts the area’s economic future at risk, and is motivating up to 40% of residents to consider leaving the area.

If you live or work in Mountain View and have time to take just a few actions this year, this should be one of them! Come, share the word, and bring friends, family members, and colleagues.

Come if you can. We’ll post more details when the agenda is posted.  If you can’t come to the meetings, send your thoughts by email to:

Mountain View City Council

Ken Rosenberg <Ken.Rosenberg@mountainview.gov>,
Pat Showalter <pat.showalter@mountainview.gov>,
Lenny Siegel <Lenny.Siegel@mountainview.gov>,
John McAlister <john.mcalister@mountainview.gov>,
Margaret Abe-Koga <margaret.abe-koga@mountainview.gov>,
Chris Clark <chris.clark@mountainview.gov>,
Lisa Matichak <lisa.matichak@mountainview.gov>

Monday 9/25 – Update on high-capacity transit to North Bayshore

The day before, the city is hosting a community meeting to review the next steps in the study of a high-capacity  automated guideway system connecting the Transit Center to North Bayshore.   Mountain View is moving ahead with a dedicated bus lane on Shoreline, and expects to need a higher capacity system over time to support planned growth.  Come to this meeting to learn about the study’s next steps on a key “last-mile” connection. The next step after that will be a council study session on on 10/17.