Such a policy would formalize the agency's priority of building homes on its land, she said. A key part of the group's request is that the policy include a provision that at least 20 percent of any housing permitted on Caltrain land be designated as affordable.
Caltrain owns over 30 acres of property scattered throughout San Mateo County, mainly in the form of spacious parking lots, that could be rearranged to allow for high-density housing. The territory comprises "parcels of land that have been hiding in plain sight for years," Ms. Tanjuatco said.
In Almanac territory, she said, the agency has about a half-acre in Atherton and two acres in Menlo Park.
Building housing on Caltrain property could enable the agency to boost ridership and help address the housing crisis at the same time.
"It's basically common sense," Ms. Tanjuatco said. "If you live near the train, you're more likely to take it."
One major hitch in the plan is that cities are responsible for the zoning in their own sections of the Caltrain line. But formalizing the transit agency's intention by expressing a desire for housing on its land is the first step, she said.
The idea is still in an early phase, she said. The leadership council is organizing a campaign around local business owners who have trouble retaining employees because of a lack of affordable housing.
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