This week in housing affordability

East Bay Forward organized for three actions this week:

Data from the East Bay Housing Pipeline project.

Of all those government decisions impacting housing affordability, only one was successfully approved: 2527 San Pablo Avenue.

Expedited Approval

Hahn, Davila, Bartlett, and Harrison introduced legislation to ask staff to create an approval process for projects with 80% or more affordable housing. A housing project with 80% affordable housing is nothing to sneeze at.

Continued to a future council agenda without discussion or debate.

1433 Webster

This is a small tower of modular construction with 179 homes, 8 of them available to people on the lowest end of our poverty classifications: 0–30% AMI.

Asked to come back to design review for a fourth time. The committee asked that it be rotated by 90 degrees to preserve a “view corridor” that does not legally exist. In doing this, the project would need to remove an entire building’s face of windows from apartments abutting a property line, cost more energy to cool, and be re-engineered to not immediately fall over in the span of two weeks when it returns to the committee.

Raising a fourplex

A novel way to add four bedrooms to a rent controlled fourplex without losing the rent control.

Delayed because the documentation was deemed incomplete. The project was originally submitted October 27, 2016. It took seven months to determine this.

2527 San Pablo Avenue

The only legal reason the city could deny the project was for the first floor restaurant permit, and a permit for being arbitrarily tall. Public comment revolved around who is and isn’t a disabled person, and the offensiveness of six stories on a major transit thoroughfare.


3000 Shattuck

The project was poised to displace a gas station that is a few cents cheaper than the one up the street, further adding to our urban affordability problems. These are real words that members of the Berkeley Zoning Adjustment Board said, on public record.

The developer was not asking for a vote, but a continuance and feedback. Continued as requested.

The above data is collected via the East Bay Housing Pipeline Project. If you follow your local planning council agenda, your data submissions are wanted.