HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE: 1988, 1996, 2002, 2010, 2015
Mintier Harnish prepared the City’s 1988, 1996, 2002, 2010, and 2015 Housing Elements. Union City is a mostly built-out city in the south Bay Area. The biggest challenge of the housing element update process has been demonstrating adequate capacity to meet the RHNA. While the City has made significant progress on providing affordable housing through an inclusionary housing ordinance and several major affordable housing developments funded through public-private partnerships, including high-density housing around the BART Station, the lack of vacant, unentitled land has made it difficult to meet the RHNA. We worked closely with the City and HCD to develop a strategy that satisfied HCD’s concerns for providing affordable housing and was consistent with the City’s plans for the Station Area. The Housing Element focused on redeveloping underutilized sites, including transit-oriented development that provides a mix of market-rate and affordable housing.