New Housing to Sprout up in Mountain View

Back in November, the Mountain View City Council voted to maximize new housing in the city’s North Bayshore area, allowing up to 9,100 new homes in a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood in this key regional job center around Google’s campus. But the seeds for these new homes were planted long ago.

We are thrilled with the City’s latest effort to address the housing crisis. This decision is a 180-degree turnaround from a 2012 decision to not allow new housing in the very same area. That 2012 decision was made even though Greenbelt Alliance, Google, and the Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning argued that a mixed-use neighborhood in North Bayshore would be a model for environmentally-friendly growth.

How things can change in a few short years! Below is a timeline of how seeds that were planted as far back as 2008 have begun to bloom:

  • In 2008, Mountain View kicked off an update of its general plan—the blueprint for where and how the city will grow over the next generation. Greenbelt Alliance leapt into action, working with community members and local organizations to secure a revised general plan that envisioned nearly 8,000 new homes focused in bustling new “village centers” with varying levels of transit, jobs, homes, and services.
  • In 2012, the revised general plan was adopted with one major disappointment: no new housing in the North Bayshore area.
  • In November 2014, Mountain View voters elected three new members to the City Council, all of whom ran on a platform of support for sustainable housing development.
  • In December 2014, the City Council took two important steps toward creating a more vibrant and affordable city by approving a long-term vision for the El Camino Real corridor and voting to significantly increase funds for new affordable homes.
  • In the summer of 2015, the City Council directed city staff to identify additional areas where new infill homes might be appropriate beyond those identified in the general plan.
  • In November 2015, the City Council votes to maximize new housing in the North Bayshore area, up to 9,100 new homes.

The City of Mountain View—home of Google, two Caltrain stations, and the most popular bus route in Silicon Valley—has a key role to play in making sure the Bay Area grows smart and we’re excited to see the city’s continued progress in that direction.


Photo: nbhattac via Flickr

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