A community workshop was held on November 9th from 6-8pm to understand regional and local housing needs and explore options to meet Tiburon’s housing challenges.
Housing continues to be an issue of critical concern in Tiburon, as well as in the Bay Area and throughout the state. Housing development has not kept pace with demand, resulting in escalating home prices and rents, a critical lack of affordable housing for local employees, and long-time residents being forced to relocate for less expensive areas.
Every eight years, the Town, like all local governments in California, must update the chapter of its General Plan known as the Housing Element to accommodate housing needs and address barriers to housing production.
The Town is not required to build housing but must ensure that its regulations enable development of housing affordable to all economic segments of the community.
As part of the current Housing Element update, the Town needs to plan for the construction of 639 new homes over the next decade.
The community’s input is critical to identifying the most appropriate places for new housing. The Town will be holding two community workshops to discuss the Housing Element update. The first workshop on November 9th gave an overview of existing housing conditions and needs and began to explore potential sites and strategies for new housing. Participants were asked to provide input on the following questions:
• Are there any specific groups of people who are most in need of housing in Tiburon?
• What type of housing is most needed or is in short supply in Tiburon?
• Where should new housing go?
• Are there other strategies we should consider to accommodate our housing need?
• How can Tiburon’s housing policies and programs foster a more diverse and inclusive community?
A second community workshop will be held in February to discuss specific housing sites and strategies.
For our Spanish-speaking participants, the workshop presentation has been translated into Spanish and is linked in the sidebar.