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Posted on April 5 at 7:28 a.m.
Is there something special about the vernal pools on the Camino Corto property? I understand that almost any open space can be graded/landscaped to support vernal pools. Would it make more sense to remove housing along the bluffs in IV, use that space to support vernal pools, and relocate the housing to the part of the Camino Corto property that abuts the El Colegio traffic corridor?
On Protectors v. Trashers
Posted on March 24 at 7:58 a.m.
When the 101 improvements are completed, congestion will be worse than it is now. Don't believe me? Read the project EIR. But the 101 improvements are more about fiefdoms than good planning. Given the revised economic reality, I think it makes sense to suspend the 101 project after completion of the current stage, and then re-assess. But the more likely outcome is another Honda Point.
On Measure A Projects Must Wait
Posted on October 26 at 7:39 a.m.
Yes, you can build 3 stories in 40', but you can't build four.The current zoning allows a maximum of four stories, so Measure B represents a significant down-zoning in the part of town best suited for dense housing. And down-zoning in one part of town will simply increase development pressure in other parts of town. Will the Measure B supporters turn out in force to oppose the 45' apartment that may get proposed next to my downtown house? I doubt it; none of them bothered to appeal the PC approval of Chapala One to the City Council.
On Measure B Advocates Fire Back
Posted on October 12 at 12:13 a.m.
I could support Measure B if the limit was 45' everywhere.The 40' limit makes a 4-story mixed use building nearly impossible. And the such mixed use should go downtown.Measure B just steers it towards upper State.
But I also like the idea of a sprinkling of 60' buildings,surrounded by open spaces and view corridors. A 40' limit will only encourage more structures built flush to the C2 setbacks.
On 'B' Cause
Posted on August 21 at 8:05 a.m.
LongTimeResident asks a good question: where are all the 60' affordable housing buildings? There are none, because the City changed the economics by approving luxury housing projects in the R3/R4 zones. Take a minute to watchhttp://homepage.mac.com/saj777/pop_th...Approving R3 luxury housing inflated land costs, killing any chance for non-subsidized affordable housing.
joer43, Measure B restricts building heights to 40' in the El Pueblo Viejo district (downtown). The extra 5' makes a critical difference when trying to design a 4-story mixed use project. But otherwise I agree with your point that dropping the limit from 60' to 45' (while allowing architectural features to exceed 45') won't make a lot of difference. But in that case, why is the new ordinance needed?
On B Is for Bad
Posted on August 15 at 8:31 a.m.
For a candid comment on R3 land value, please take a minute to watch:http://homepage.mac.com/saj777/pop_th...
Land value is controlled by zoning. Restricting unit sizes in mixed-use zones will lead to reduced land cost.
Joer43 makes a good point; existing zoning allow at most 4 stories in commercial zones. However, the proposed restriction to 40' makes 4 story construction highly problematic (recall the grief Detty Peikert had with the Hampton Inn project in Old Town Goleta). A 45' limit would allow 4-story projects with appropriate unit sizes (1200 sqft for a 2BR unit).
Posted on August 3 at 5:27 p.m.
If you want a candid explanation of what has happened to land values in the R3 zone, spend a minute watching this:http://homepage.mac.com/saj777/pop_th...
On "Can't Get There From Here"
Posted on July 28 at 9:32 p.m.
By dint of experience and observation, I conclude that restricting development leads to another kinds of "density"; illegal garage conversions, and crowded occupancy of existing housing. The other danger of a no-growth policy is intervention by the State.A compromise strategy would be to adopt the MODA approach, but restrict the rate of new development, and carefully observe the results.
Posted on May 18 at 6:31 a.m.
These ballot measures were all approved by large majorities by the State Senate and Assembly. Voting NO is a vote for anarchy. I am voting YES on all measures, then holding the Legislature and Governor responsible for the results. We elect those representatives to come up with solutions; to reject their solution without the prospect of an alternative is essentially anarchistic.
On Vote Yes on 1A, No on All the Rest
Posted on May 15 at 6:48 a.m.
The $18K fee is not high enough to actually discourage conversions. Rather, it is a de-facto blessing for such conversions. Previously an apartment owner might be reluctant to spend money on the conversion process, fearing denial by the Planning Commission. But now a fig leaf has been provided; an owner can say "Hey, I'm ready to pay my conversion fees, just like you said I could - please approve my conversion". It will just make denial that much more difficult.
I don't have an opinion on whether condo conversions are good or bad for the community. But I'm fairly certain this ordinance makes the process easier. And it completely fails to address the larger problem: gentrification of the R-3 zone.
On City Council Squeezes Affordable Housing from Smaller Projects
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