Voting Yes on Measure Z will help the City of Alameda to make housing more affordable, accessible, and inclusive by repealing the City’s longstanding ban on multi-family homes.
A supermajority of the Alameda City Council placed Measure Z on the ballot so voters could decide on repealing Alameda Charter Article 26, which bans multi-dwelling units, historically referred to as Measure A. It also limits citywide housing density to one housing unit per 2,000 square feet. Article 26 is a relic of racist land-use and discriminatory housing policies that have denied the dream of homeownership to families who deserved better.
Measure Z will lift the discriminatory ban on multi-family dwellings and give the City Council much greater ability to support more affordable housing. YES on Z will NOT affect the City of Alameda’s historic architecture or raise taxes. Existing homes, including the many beautiful Victorians, are unaffected by YES on Z. While repealing Article 26 could eventually bring in new revenue to our City, it is in no way a new tax or fee.
Voting Yes on Measure Z will also enhance climate resiliency by allowing more people in Alameda to live closer to work and drive less. The City’s Climate Action Plan specifically calls for more multi-family homes near transit as a key strategy to reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)—a key measure of overall street and highway use.
Yes on Measure Z aligns with Greenbelt Alliance and our mission to ensure the Bay Area’s lands and communities are resilient to a changing climate. Read more about the Yes on Z campaign here and follow the campaign on Facebook for updates. You can read the full ballot measure text for more information.
Greenbelt Alliance is excited to join affordable housing advocates, environmentalists, businesses, and faith leaders in wholeheartedly endorsing Yes on Measure Z! The year 2020 is the year we vote for inclusion and a climate-resilient future for coming generations.