Friday, May 18, 2012

Land Use Rules Have Prevented Four Million People From Moving to the Bay Area

Timothy Lee details how bad land use planning has contributed to the slow recovery:

[S]ince 1990, the population of the Bay Area has grown by less than 20 percent. That’s slower than the growth rate for the country as a whole. Silicon Valley is creating new opportunities at a rapid pace, but relatively few people are moving there to take advantage of them.

Probably the most important reason, as Ryan Avent has pointed out, is that housing regulations make it impossible to build a significant number of new housing units. A variety of regulations—minimum lot sizes, maximum building heights, parking mandates, restrictions on renting out basements, and so forth—place an upper bound on the number of units of housing that can be built in any given municipality in the Bay Area. And developers have simply run out of new places to build that are within a reasonable commuting distance of Silicon Valley or San Francisco.

Steve Clowney

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am third gen Los Altos Hills - Dave Packard was unassuming neighbor - as was his business - focus on people "the Packard Way" set the tone. No more. City codes denigrate people as exploiters of the environment; EIR's exclude private property rights in favor of 'public welfare'. Nonstop proliferation of hotels, corporate headquarters sought to generate tax revenues to fill city coffers contrary to street downzoning - huge bike lanes eliminate sufficient access to megabuildings. Altuistic? no. Real driver not environment - but to ensure enormous pensions received by public workers. Government by the people for the people no longer exists - 'civil servants' income. paralleling tech officers is reality.

Posted by: cc | Jun 8, 2012 5:14:20 PM

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