Pleasanton moves to resolve affordable housing dispute

February 17, 2012 by  

Pleasanton may be home to more than 2,300 new housing units in the not to distant future. Resident in the market for affordable housing will be pleased to know that many of the new units will serve their needs.

Construction plans may begin soon now that a four-year court fight between the city and an urban justice organization over whether the city was in compliance with the states affordable housing bylaws is finally drawing to a close.

The Pleasanton City Council voted unanimously in favor of an amended housing element along with a climate action plan that wraps-up an out-of-court settlement with a group that sued the city over its obsolete voter-approved housing cap.

In 2006 the Oakland-base urban justice group, Urban Habitat, filed suit against the city charging that Pleasanton’s voter-approved cap of 29,000 residential units kept the city from constructing its fair share of affordable housing units as established by the state.

The amended housing element approved by the city council includes nine rezoned sites throughout Pleasanton that makes room for 2,326 housing units, several of which will be designated as affordable housing. Print companies may be called into service to run off maps of the specific housing sites currently under consideration.

Urban Habitat says its mission is to build strength in low income areas and communities of color in the Bay area by advancing economic, social and environmental justice. The climate action plan approved by the city is intended to decrease the city’s green house gas emissions and create a more sustainable living environment.