Saturday, January 22, 2011

Helping to Create More Sustainable, Affordable Housing

I was honored this week to be appointed to the Housing Methodology Committee for the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), a regional effort of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Committee (MTC). 

As the lone elected representative for San Mateo County on this important commitee, I will be attending monthly meetings over the next 18 months in San Francisco to develop the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) Plan.  Working with representatives from nine Bay Area Counties, this committee will be tasked with creating a framework to guide long-term development of our regional housing needs that promotes reductions in greenhouse gases, offers more housing and transportation choices, and promotes a higher quality of life and a vibrant economy.  An emphasis on affordable housing needs for all our neighbors will also be an important factor in developing the RHNA plan. 

An important component of my work will be to ensure I am hearing from all residents of San Mateo County about their questions, concerns, and ideas regarding housing needs in our communities.  The goal is to provide a sustainable housing environment not only for ourselves, but for our children and our children's children.  Please contact me if you'd like to discuss this important endeavor in further detail.

For more specifics on the Regional Housing Needs Allocation plan, visit their website by clicking here.

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