About a dozen representatives from cities within Assemblyman Rich Gordon's district will join him on a new committee to review the state's housing element process. He represents Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley, among other cities.
"The purpose is to clarify the issues and concerns. I've heard folks say, 'It just doesn't work.' Another issue is how (the state's) Department of Finance makes its initial projections of housing needs; I've also heard concerns about the amount of time it takes for planning and review," Mr. Gordon, D-Menlo Park, said.
He's asked cities to identify who they think should sit on the committee, and expects a mix of council members, city staff, and others.
The first meeting will likely take place in March. "I'm looking forward to an opportunity to hear from people what the issues are and to ascertain whether we can make this process work better," he said.
Menlo Park is hurrying to finish identifying 14 additional sites for high-density housing to get back in compliance with state law. The city has until May to adopt an updated housing element as part of a lawsuit settlement.
Go to the city's website to review the proposed update.