It’s been nine months of concern, nine months of intense education and nine months of hair-pulling angst for some. But a workable solution to Novato’s affordable housing crisis — an issue that has sharply divided the community — is just a few months away now.
Thousands of Novato residents have been transfixed and flummoxed by the general plan housing element, a required document updated every seven years that lays out the city’s long-range plans for providing housing for its citizenry. It was last spring when the city started to move forward with a new housing element that included rezoning of public and private properties for potential new housing developments to meet state mandates.
And it was last spring when those who paid close attention to the city’s inner workings went ballistic about the prospect of zoning for more high-density, low-income developments close to established neighborhoods. Several public meetings of the standing-room-only variety were interrupted by shouting from those opposed to the rezoning.
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