June 3rd Elections Give Smart Growth a Boost
By Matt Regan
Now that the election waters have cleared somewhat and we’ve had a couple of weeks to digest the results, it is clear that the big winner on June 3rd was housing. In San Francisco the Bay Area Council took strong positions in support of Proposition G and in opposition to Proposition F. These competing measures were a thumbs up or down referendum on Lennar’s plan to redevelop Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Fortunately the voters were not hoodwinked by an attempt to impose an impossible standard that 50% of all units developed be below market rate, and they very much liked what they saw from Lennar.
In Napa Measure N, a restrictive no growth proposition opposed by the Bay Area Council, was also defeated by the voters.
Both these results give great encouragement to those of us who have been advocating for regional smart growth principles and sustainable development.