2MAPS Codified as Location Policy for Affordable Housing Ordinance
BSI is quite pleased to report that in the two years since 2MAPS (see below) became statute in the Mill Valley American Planning Association award winning Housing Element, it has been highly instrumental in shaping the communities understanding of the relationship between traffic gridlock and affordable housing. With the average home sales price ever going up in this highly desirable town, the rents are so high that it has become impossible for people to live in the town they work in. Worse to make rent, they have to live in the next county and beyond creating vehicular gridlock (acerbated carbon footprint) locally and all over the region. Also, recent increase in Climate Change Denial puts the onus on those who do cherish life to double their efforts to Reverse Climate Change where they can. These two forces have resulted in a DRAFT Mill Valley Affordable Housing Ordinance that is strident about expediting affordable housing in the town. The following are Ordinance protocols based on 2MAPS for setting incentives to develop in just the right areas to realize the greatest reduction in gridlock/carbon footprint..
EXCERPT from MV DRAFT Affordable Housing Ordinance:
1. Implement the Housing Element of the General Plan, and the requirements of
2. Create a balanced community with a wide variety of housing available to
households of all income levels with an emphasis of locating mixed use
development in just the right places so that:
- a) Local workforce housing is in the most walkable and transit intensive areas for
the greatest reduction in vehicular commute trips
- b) Added basic retail in highly walkable, transit intensive areas to maximize
reduction in vehicular service trips
- c) Combined trip generation reduction for elimination of vehicular traffic gridlock
3. Increase the supply of Affordable Housing Units following, as much as possible,
recognized Sustainable Communities principles to locating additional housing as
much as possible near intense transit stops and in highly walkable areas.