The Bay area is in a housing and traffic crisis with insufficient housing to meet a growing population and job industry. Low inventory has dramatically increased rental costs, making it very difficult for low, moderate, and even upper income earners to find suitable housing near their workplace. The creation of jobs far outpaces housing and public transportation infrastructure.
This situation has created a huge demand to build more housing, wherever and whenever possible, including here on the coast. And there is also pressure to sidestep important legal processes, like the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), that are in place to ensure environmental protection and public safety, and to mitigate traffic problems.
Housing development should concentrate density in urban centers with adequate services and transportation, not in rural, semi-rural areas like the San Mateo County Midcoast that has limited infrastructure and lacks public transit and community services.
Resist Density recognizes the need for affordable housing, and urges the building of housing projects to be focused in urban centers where there are sufficient services, schools, shopping, local jobs, community offerings, public transit and walkability. Furthermore, when housing projects are created, there must be legal mechanisms in place to give preference to those who are already working in the community.
The San Mateo County Coast is unique in that there is just one road in through and out. Increased housing and development in isolated semi-rural areas without adequate supporting infrastructure and services is a disservice to current residents and to the affordable housing beneficiaries who would face an increased transportation cost burden.
We support a long-term view of housing development that protects rural, semi-rural areas and concentrates density in urban areas that have adequate infrastructure and which will not contribute to additional traffic issues. We support the vision set forth by both the Local Coastal program (LCP) and San Mateo County Transportation Plan 2040:
Local Coastal Program
“Allow some future growth to develop at relatively high densities for affordable housing in areas where public facilities and services are or will be adequate and where coastal resources will not be endangered.”
San Mateo County Transportation Plan 2040
"The San Mateo County has established an urban / rural boundary in the Coastal zone with the goal of channeling growth into defined urban areas while restricting growth in rural areas. In addition, increased densities can only be considered if there is adequate highway capacity, as well as other services that accommodate increased activity."
"Promote higher density residential, employment, and mixed‐use development near transit stations and along major bus transit corridors throughout the County to create pre‐conditions for improved linkages between land use and transportation alternatives to the single occupant automobile.”