I presented and submitted the following at the Novato Planning Commission housing element Oct. 1. I believe there are two issues that need serious consideration moving forward in the future planning of affordable housing. The issues are essential to the future of Novato.
First, the city should plan for it own needs in afforadable housing in a measurable and quantitative methodology so there is a based line to compare the city's real needs as opposed to arbitrary goals assigned by ABAG based on broad and general assumptions. Top-down planning is never a success methodology and is never used in the business world.
Secondly, Novato needs to consider Government Code Section 65584(d). Novato has overbuilt very-low and low affordable housing in Marin in the past while other cities have build none or little. The way to equalize very-low and low affordable housing in Marin is to reduce Novato's share to little or none in the the next housing cycle as required by Government Code Section 65584(d). This requires “Increasing the housing supply and the mix of housing types, tenure, and affordability in all cities and counties within the region in an equitable manner, which shall result in each jurisdiction receiving an allocation of units for low- and very low income households.”
The goal for Novato should be to take care of the needs of Novato.