San Carlos City Council approves Transit Village Environmental Report; decisions on housing and transportation to come

On January 28, the San Carlos City Council voted 3-2 to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report for San Carlos Transit Village at the San Carlos transit station.   However, important decisions about the project are yet to come regarding housing and transportation. San Carlos will finalize decisions about how to handle affordable housing, and transportation in the “Entitlements” phase of the project where the City completes a development agreement with the developer.
The current plan is for the developer to pay a fee to the Affordable housing fund, however Sierra Club and the County Housing director advocated to include affordable housing in the project itself.  Other decisions to make during the entitlements process may include “transportation demand management” programs to encourage residents and workers to take advantage of the transit, the details of pedestrian and bike access
 Council voted to move the project forward despite concerns from East Side neighbors about potential noise, height, and density. The Yes votes were from Grasselli, Collins, and Clapper.  No votes by Grocott and Olbert.
The affordable housing will be in the entitlement process – to come when project is presented for approval – part of the dickering by city and developer.  Right now it is in the form of a fee to be paid into the Affordable Housing Fund (which city then would use for their proposed Cherry St. property which is still within 1/4 mile of station.)  In our comments – verbal and written – we asked for affordable housing to be included at the site.  The County Housing Director spoke up for affordable housing at the meeting last night.  We will continue to advocate for it through the long approval process, however, this is rental housing – so by our ordinance the fee could satisfy requirement.

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