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City of San Mateo begins process to update 2014-2022 Housing Element
Share your ideas and participate in the process

San Mateo, CA  (March 24, 2014)…The City of San Mateo is hosting a community workshop on Wednesday, March 26th that will provide San Mateo residents with an opportunity to participate in the process for updating the 2014-2022 Housing Element.  The workshop takes place at 6:00 PM in the Oak Room of the Main Library (55 W. Third Avenue, San Mateo).  

The Housing Element is a policy document that identifies policies and programs associated with the provision of housing in the City of San Mateo.  It provides policy direction for meeting the housing needs of the City and strives to preserve existing housing while establishing priorities for new construction.  The Housing Element is required by the State of California and is updated every eight years.  It was last updated and approved by San Mateo City Council in 2010. 

Since the adoption of the most recent document, the City has continued the implementation of the Housing Element through approval of residential development projects, including affordable housing units, and undertaking necessary amendments to the municipal code.  One noteworthy amendment includes introducing a new reasonable accommodation ordinance to help ensure those with disabilities have equal access to housing.
 
In addition to the approval and construction of residential development projects, the City of San Mateo adopted the Hillsdale Station Area Plan which builds upon the Rail Corridor Plan and the Bay Meadows Phase II development, to support mixed use and transit-oriented development in the area surrounding the Hillsdale Caltrain Station.  The plan emphasizes a mix of residential and commercial uses that will promote walkability, transit use and economic development.  

There has been a surge in residential housing development throughout San Mateo.  Since 2010, approximately 251 new units have been completed citywide, including 74 affordable units.  Of the more than 1,600 units that have been approved for development, more than half have obtained building permits and are now under construction. These include projects in Bay Meadows Phase II, along Delaware Street, on North San Mateo Drive, Elkhorn Court, and a senior residential care facility approved in 2013. 

Your involvement in the 2014-2022 Housing Element Update is important.  In addition to participating in the Community Workshop, you can also share your ideas online from March 26th through April 11th at www.sanmateotownhall.org.  San Mateo Town Hall is an online community engagement website where citizens can engage and share ideas with community decision makers and residents about what can be done to further improve or adjust our housing policies to continue recent successes.

Please visit www.cityofsanmateo.org/whatshappening for more information about the Housing Element, and register for the Housing Element listserve at www.cityofsanmateo.org/notifyme to receive regular updates about the project.

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Contact
Julia Klein, Senior Planner
(650) 522-7216

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