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Belvedere releases its 231-unit revision of housing goal

Belvedere has released an ambitious 231-unit revision to its eight-year housing plan that includes upzoning at The Boardwalk shopping center and other areas, new calculations to back up its second-unit projections and efforts to address fair housing, outreach and other deficiencies questioned by state officials.

However, it also appears to eliminate major initiatives including a goal to prohibit new single-family homes in multifamily zones and to become a pro-housing community in the next planning cycle.

The revised 2023-2031 housing element was released for public review late last Friday in advance of a community meeting scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 9, at the Belvedere Community Center. Comments taken at the meeting and submitted to the city will then be part of a Planning Commission hearing scheduled for Nov. 21.

Much of the revised housing element still relies properties owned by the Belvedere Land Co., with rezoning for up 81 potential new units on Belvedere's share of the The Boardwalk shopping center and adjacent parcels, along with 50 potential units on two clusters multifamily housing along Beach Road, all of which would be rezoned. New calculations also suggest Belvedere can produce about five new second units per year, or 40 over eight years, in support of the 41 letters of interest from residents.

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