Opportunity Housing petition to SJ City Council

Submit a 30-second online petition to the San Jose City Council to request that additional housing units be allowed citywide.

We need to stand united as a City to provide opportunity! The Envision San Jose 2040 Task Force voted to recommend that the San Jose City Council establish a citywide “Opportunity Housing” policy framework and work plan. There are unfortunately individuals that are asking the City Council to either not establish Opportunity Housing, or to apply it only in some areas.  

Would abolishing the single-family home zoning designation only within a half mile of high frequency transit corridors be the best decision for San Jose? No. We can do better. We can do better for those that need housing. We could do better to provide more opportunity for one-unit property owners. We could do better to help undo historic patterns of exclusion that reinforced segregation.

We should provide single-family home property owners throughout San Jose with the opportunity redevelop, subject to criteria and restrictions, into duplexes, triplexes and four-plexes that are consistent with City requirements for parks and open space.

Submit the form below to request that the San Jose City Council vote to apply Opportunity Housing citywide.

Links: (1) Opportunity Housing FAQ; (2) Watch the video on YouTube or Facebook; (3) “Single-Family Zoning and Spatial Inequality” paper by four Stanford students; (4) San Jose’s Opportunity Housing FAQ; (5) Video of 8/10/20 meeting regarding single-family zoning and segregation; (6) Presentation used at 8/10/20 meeting; (7) Op-Ed regarding Opportunity Housing.

YOUR INFORMATION

1. Required: Your First and Last Name

2. Required: Your Email Address

3. Required: Your Street or Cross Street. Do not list your City. Do not list your State.

4. Required: Your Zip Code

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Dear San Jose City Council,

I request that you approve Opportunity Housing citywide, subject to criteria and restrictions to be identified by city staff.

You should provide residential property owners throughout San Jose with the opportunity to redevelop into duplexes, triplexes and four-plexes that are consistent with City requirements for parks and open space. Doing so would increase options citywide for lower income families and communities of color, provide equal opportunity to one-unit residential property owners, and maximize the number of new units possible to address the housing crisis.

Would abolishing the single-family home zoning designation within a half mile of high frequency transit corridors or Urban Villages be the best decision for San Jose? No. We can do better. We can do better for those that need housing. We could do better to provide more opportunity for one-unit property owners. We could do better to help undo historic patterns of exclusion that reinforced segregation.

We should provide single-family home property owners throughout San Jose with the opportunity to redevelop into duplexes, triplexes and four-plexes that are consistent with City requirements for parks and open space.

Doing so would increase options citywide for lower income families and communities of color. Doing so would help right historic wrongs that have denied access and opportunity to them, while also providing residential property owners throughout San Jose with an equal opportunity to add additional units to their properties. Doing so would increase the number of possible units available given that many property owners may not be interested in redeveloping into duplexes, triplexes and four-plexes.

Establishing Opportunity Housing in only some areas is not sufficient. It is unlikely that all property owners eligible would choose to increase the units on their lots. The impact would be minimal new units compared to the need.

Establishing Opportunity Housing in only some areas is not fair. There may be some property owners in other city areas interested in redeveloping into duplexes, triplexes and four-plexes. We should not limit opportunity.

Establishing Opportunity Housing in only some areas is not just. We should not exacerbate the historic patterns of exclusion that resulted in the segregation of lower income families and communities of color in San Jose. Zoning and lending rules, for example, impacted the ability of these groups to own a home in certain areas of San Jose. Limiting Opportunity Housing as currently defined would not provide opportunities for these groups throughout the city.

We should provide residential property owners throughout San Jose with the opportunity to redevelop into duplexes, triplexes and four-plexes that are consistent with City requirements for parks and open space. Doing so would increase options citywide for lower income families and communities of color, provide equal opportunity to one-unit residential property owners, and maximize the number of new units possible to address the housing crisis.

The City Council must vote to recommend allowing Opportunity Housing citywide to provide additional equity and opportunity in San Jose.

[your-name]
[your-zip]

You may not use my contact information for any purpose other than to respond to my concern regarding the topic listed above, nor may you share my address with any other organization(s) or individual(s).


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