Housing and Land Use

The Bay Area’s strong economy and weak housing growth have contributed to the region’s runaway housing costs, and home prices in the region are increasing faster than incomes. The Bay Area median home price is currently three times higher than the median price in nearby San Joaquin County. As a result, the Bay Area has begun outsourcing a portion of its housing obligations to the farthest reaches of the region, and even into the Central Valley. We need to plan. Communities need to come together to craft innovative visions for how to accommodate new homes, jobs, park spaces, and other amenities to create “complete communities” in locations, within existing cities and towns, that are close to transit so people can walk, bike, or use transit instead of drive.

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Solving the Housing Affordability Crisis

Housing affordability in Alameda County has reached a crisis point. With rents and home prices spiraling upward since the Great Recession, there has been no shortage of policy proposals envisioned to alleviate the county's affordability problem. This analysis evaluates these proposals alongside each other using a consistent and comprehensive method to gauge their impact on affordability for individuals and families.
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Fostering Economic Diversity and Innovation Through Industrial Lands

Preserving the strength of the regional economy—which derives much of its vitality from its diverse set of industry sectors and robust innovation ecosystem—requires land use policies that allow the conflict-free coexistence of industrial activities with other uses in populated areas. Such policies also help to ensure the availability of sufficient industrial lands to sustainably accommodate industrial businesses in both their current and future configurations.
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Homesharing in San Francisco

This report highlights how pass-through registration works in practice and what the future of homesharing in San Francisco looks like in the wake of PTR. As an update to our November 2016 report, Limits on Homesharing, this report also analyzes the potential effects of additional restrictive short-term rental regulations on housing affordability.
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Bay Area Balance

Bay Area decision-makers face a critical challenge: to support continued inclusive economic growth while still maintaining a balance of open space that makes the Bay Area such a unique and beautiful region. This report provides a roadmap for those seeking to balance these goals.
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Limits on Homesharing

As San Francisco grapples with its housing affordability crisis, short-term rentals—like those facilitated by homesharing sites Airbnb, FlipKey, and HomeAway—have come under heavy scrutiny from housing advocates and policymakers. Short-term rentals, or the concept of homesharing, have been subject to numerous attempts at regulation. They were first regulated in San Francisco in 2015 when the Board of Supervisors passed a law limiting homesharing to 90 days per year when the host is not present.
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Solving the Housing Affordability Crisis

Housing affordability in San Francisco has reached a crisis point. With rents and home prices spiraling upward since the Great Recession, there has been no shortage of policy proposals envisioned to alleviate the city’s affordability problem. This analysis is the first to evaluate these proposals alongside each other using a consistent and comprehensive method to gauge their impact on affordability for individuals and families.
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Another Inconvenient Truth

It has now been about a decade since California passed the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2006 and followed it with the supporting Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act in 2008. These landmark pieces of legislation, AB 32 and SB 375, set goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases statewide and for improving the ways in which we plan our communities. Yet California is falling short of its climate goals...
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Oakland housing crisis is a deep hole, so it must start digging

(This piece by Dr. Micah Weinberg originally appeared on March 23, 2016 in the Oakland Tribune.) The communities of Oakland must start fighting alongside each other rather than against each other to address the housing …

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To Prevent Displacement, Build Places

There are a lot of arguments about displacement in the Bay Area and whether the best strategy is to build more housing or to attempt to control what type of housing is built (e.g. affordable …