TRANSIT B4 DENSITY©
Transit B4 Density© (TB4D) is a planning and organic growth model created in response to Mayor Faulconer's CAP and San Diego "city of villages" planning programs currently being implemented by our city Planning Department.
As the TB4D model is adapted to current conditions in local San Diego neighborhoods, it will be available to use as an equitable geographic locator of appropriate development projects required by the state Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA).
The locator can be used during public hearings and mandated public review periods of community plan updates, amendments, and specific proposed developments while SANDAG and the city of San Diego implement the Housing Elements of their General and Regional Comprehensive Plans.
TB4D incorporates the principles of the WORKFORCE HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD PROTECTION ACT.
Utilizing the TRANSIT B4 DENSITY© planning and growth model, housing production grows when transportation systems grow and can adequately facilitate the added density to a community plan.
Affordable housing goals can be realized by the creation of a new lending program, CALvest. Loans to borrowers made under the program would be insured by a partnership between the state of California and Federal Government. Under CALvest, the governments will not make the loans, but rather, insure them, similar to the loans provided by VA to qualifying veterans.
The government partnership will provide the necessary securitization of CALvest mortgages, opening the sale of them to institutional investors on our secondary mortgage markets.
CALvest would originate the new mortgage loans with its CALmore loan products; graduated payment plans offered exclusively to our workforce and low income residents.
Instead of the current affordable housing scheme, CALvest makes the payment affordable, instead of the home, allowing builders to build more quality homes.
Because the mortgages are made on market rate housing, we can ensure the availability and affordability of housing stock for those who need it most.
By making the payment affordable, instead of the price of the home, CALmore mortgages payoff the developer/builder, so that housing production is consistent with Regional Housing needs on an annual basis.
Borrowers using CALmore loan products, will share in the benefits of equity from home-ownership that renters never gain during their tenancy.
CALvest also allows current development fees to decrease, as developers would no longer be required to pay inclusionary housing fees.
CALmore© loans can be made in every community, ensuring an equitable distribution of housing among California's diverse population and communities.
With the combination of the working principles of TB4D and CALvest, we can avert a looming catastrophe of legislation, such as sb50 (592) & sb330, which favor predominately apartment construction that will result in California becoming the world's largest corporate landlord state, stripping house-less Californians of their potential of home ownership and the American Dream.
Raise The Balloon.org is a Public Participation Platform(PPP).
We rely upon individual contributions for our funding.
We organize public events with the flying of a 10-ft diameter, helium filled balloon, that is used as a story-pole to provide a visual representation of local building height limit increases and suspensions proposed by the state of California and city of San Diego. (See videos below)
Transit before Density
Think cholesterol "build-up" in your major arteries. Finally congestion kills the patient...
Above: Clairemont & Bay Park Segment 1 of Balloon March II, June 8th
Above: La Jolla Segment of Balloon March II, June 8th
SAN DIEGO PUBLIC OPPOSITION TO STATE LAWS REMOVING LOCAL CONTROL OVER HOUSING DECISIONS
sb50 ( Now sb592) Status and Electronic Petition to OPPOSE : petition is open until 1/6/2020. The bill was declared a "two-year" bill by Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins. The bill was amended on 6/4/19, re read, and referred back to the Appropriations Committee where it is held in the senate suspense file. **Wiener just gutted sb592 (6/13/19), and it now has replaced sb50 and is ACTIVE.
sb330 Status and Electronic Petition to OPPOSE : petition is Open until 9/1/2019. The bill passed the full Senate on May 29th with a vote of 28 to 7. It is now being heard in the Assembly. On 6/19/19, it will be voted on in the Committee on Housing and Community Development. Please contact our legislators to oppose.
Parking Ordinance REPEAL Petition : petition is open until repealed. Cory Briggs, a San Diego Land Use attorney, has filed a suit against the city regarding the removal of parking space requirements. Until the suit is successful, the petition needs signatures.
Below are links to:
- Electronic Petitions
- Up-Zone Maps & Tools
- Background Information on both Senate Bills
- Flyers to Print, Flyers You Can Order (free) Lawmaker
- Legislator's Contact Info
- Schedules of RTB Public Presentations
- Recent News Articles
RTB participated in a working group of San Diego community activists in drafting a statewide initiative to retain local control of housing policy. We anticipate the initiative will be ready for signature gathering within a a few months after it clears the Secretary of State's review process.
UPCOMING RTB MEETINGS
Background of sb50 & sb330
The Chain of proposed Legislation to enact the "Housing Crisis Act of 2019"
The links will take you to active petitions to sign electronically.
- Removal of parking space requirements for new projects located in and around TPAs. Lawsuit filed April 6, 2019
- sb50-removal of building Height Limits in TPAs outside of Coastal Commission & Proposition D protection.
- sb330- allows the San Diego City Council to suspend, until 2030, Coastal Height Limits currently protected by Proposition D boundaries*
*Nancy Skinner’s SB 330, would roll back many city and county home-building regulations for a decade. Skinner’s office told the Los Angeles Times this week that the bill would apply to San Diego’s coastal height limit, a sacred cow that has defined development in beach communities for decades." Los Angeles Times: Bay Area Leads Charge On Fixing Housing Crisis
5/7/19- With a campaign from La Jollans calling our state senators, Sen. Skinner added text to the bill that will maintain the Proposition D coastal height protection, but we have more to do to make it stick...