Author: Bob Staedler (Bob Staedler)

Staedler: A San Jose housing study session to nowhere

San Jose held a study session on Nov. 1 during the regularly scheduled city council meeting. It was the fourth they’ve held over the last several years. The city hired Century Urban LLC to perform a conceptual feasibility analysis and then brought several Urban Land Institute members to give their perspective on the difficulty of building...

Staedler: San Jose trails California in parking standards

Parking requirements have been reduced in some new housing developments with the advent of AB 2097. San Jose has been touted as leading this and the state following course. That is clearly not the case. San Jose officials voted in June to “craft a policy to eliminate parking minimums.” They should not be given credit...

Staedler: AB 2011 opens up commercial corridors to housing development

California passed several housing bills before the end of the current legislative session. Assembly Bill 2011 enacts a streamlined ministerial approval by cities comparable to Senate Bill 35, for multi-family projects on commercial zoned land that meet certain provisions. Those include prevailing wages and affordable housing requirements. The bill would allow housing projects to be...

Staedler: Binding arbitration needed for government agency disputes

When government agencies sue each other, it is simply a huge waste of taxpayer dollars. The only winners in these situations are the contracted attorneys on either side. Those dollars could be used to fund vitally needed services, but are wasted going to a long, drawn out court battle. A majority of those matters could...

Staedler: City data gives the public insight into challenges

Two hot topics that have come up recently are crime and traffic fatality data. The interpretation of this data is being debated. I’m not going to wade into the interpretation arena, I just want to bring attention to the fact that San Jose makes available various data sets to the public. On April 7, the...

Staedler: Participation in San Jose’s budget process is vital

One of the yearly San Jose traditions is the mayor’s March Budget Message for the upcoming fiscal year. It sets out budget priorities and starts the process of the creation of budget proposals which will be considered by the entire City Council in May, with a final budget approval in June.  Here’s the full 25-page...

Staedler: San Jose permitting moving in the right direction

San Jose has been working on a more robust online permit system over the last several years. It’s called the Rapid Online Service Intake (ROSI) and had a full launch on Jan. 24. Per the city presentation at the Smart Cities and Service Improvements Committee meeting on March 3, ROSI allows customers to submit their plans...

Staedler: San Jose’s 62,200 housing unit question

San Jose has moved past a crossroads and now faces a staggering housing cliff. On Dec. 16, 2021, the Association of Bay Area Governments adopted the final Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and the California Housing Community Development Department has determined San Jose must plan for 62,200 housing units from 2023 to 2031.  The Bay...

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