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How can we change zoning? (Lunchtime Forum)

October 10 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

What Does it Take to Build Housing?

We know that housing is unaffordable, with a six-figure income required to afford an average rental apartment in Santa Clara County and a more than $250,000 per year income required to purchase a median-priced home. In 2018, our Lunchtime Forum series dove into the cost of building housing, including the component costs of market-rate and affordable development, the impact of various local government policies on housing prices, and creative solutions and policies. This year, we will take on another key component of the housing production process.
What determines where, when, and how housing actually gets built? Our 2019 Lunchtime Forum series will explore this question. The first session covered where housing gets built, an in-depth discussion of Housing Elements and General Plan process. The second session, delved into the entitlement process, the steps and challenges, as well as possible improvements. In this third session we will discuss single family zoning and housing for the missing middle, looking at recent lessons that could inform how we update zoning to accommodate for different housing types in our existing neighborhoods.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-2019-lunchtime-forum-series-session-3-how-can-we-change-zoning-tickets-66493472767

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Framer: Xiomara Cisneros – Bay Area Council, Policy Director
  • Speaker: Diana O’Dell – City of Redwood City, Principal Planner
  • Speaker: Karen Parolek, Opticos Design, Principal and CFO

Note: This is a paid event with a $10 admission, unless you are an SV@Home member, elected official or public agency staff member.


October 10
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Monthly Meetings

Although meetings of specific importance will be added individually to the calendar, these monthly meetings may be of interest on an ongoing basis:

Housing, Land Use, Environment, and Transportation (HLUET) Committee – Typically meets at 10am on the third Thursday each month. As a regular agenda item, the County Office of Supportive Housing presents its monthly system data report at these meetings. For details, select HLUET Committee in the drop-down menu in the left sidebar on the County of Santa Clara website.

Housing and Community Development Commission – Typically meets at 5:45pm on the second Thursday of each month. For details, see the Commission calendar on the City of San Jose website.