For nearly 25 years, the Leadership Group has advocated for the construction of new homes in the Silicon Valley – more than 80,000 homes. Leadership Group staff attend city and county meetings in support of housing developments and pro-housing policy across the Silicon Valley.
The Leadership Group seeks to add needed housing, affordability and connectivity to major transportation hubs and will continue to advocate on behalf of much needed housing and progressive city planning as Santa Clara County is expected to add more residents than the current population of Sunnyvale by 2020.
Housing & Community Development Committee
The Leadership Group Housing and Community Development Committee is comprised of member companies who are committed to strengthening the quality of life within the Silicon Valley by increasing opportunities for workers and residents to secure affordable housing proximate to their work.
Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm and are open only to member company representatives.
Participating Member Companies
Housing & Community Development Workplan
State Legislation with a Focus on Transit-Oriented Development
Staff Lead: Nathan Ho, Senior Director of Housing and Community Development
Executive Champions: Eric Houser, Wells Fargo
For 2019, policy staff will prioritize efforts on TOD bills that are priorities for both the Leadership Group’s transportation and housing policy portfolios. The Silicon Valley needs to build more housing and it should do so in locations that have public transit access. TOD addresses both the housing and traffic concerns of our member companies. The Leadership Group is engaged in advocacy efforts around SB 50 which is Senator Wiener’s bill proposing increased heights and density around transit stations.
Other legislative efforts will focus on policies that encourage moderate-income housing development and policies that ease or streamlines the development process at the local level.
Policy staff with engage on bills around the Leadership Group’s long-held positions around RHNA and CEQA reform should they be proposed.
- Ensure that at least three supported housing bills pass their house of origin with at least one TOD bill.
- Ensure that at least two supported bills pass both the Assembly and Senate and at least one supported bill is signed by Governor into law.
Local Land Use Planning, Development, & Zoning Policy
Staff Lead: Matthew Quevedo, Director of Housing, Transportation, and Community Engagement
Executive Champion: Carla Boragno, VP Site Services, Genentech
Priority: The Leadership Group has great convening and facilitative power to bring together community groups around sound land use policies.
Before housing developments reach decision points at Planning Commissions and City Councils, engagement on land use planning processes, such as General Plan committees and Specific Plan or Plan Area advisory groups, are essential to ensure that the governing land use policies to encourage development are in place.
These processes offer the opportunity to engage new and existing partners on specific projects and plans. The long-term vision is to have a shared common curriculum developed with the input of partners who agree generally with Leadership Group housing policies.
- Facilitate stakeholder meeting around land use and zoning for the upcoming San Jose and Santa Clara BART stations
- Engage as a sitting member in at least two land use planning public advisory groups
- Partner on at least two joint co-presented community educational workshops
- Engage as a sitting member in at least three land use planning advisory groups, including two substantive convening around land use and zoning around BART stations
Advocate Locally & Regionally for TOD & High-Density Development
Staff Lead: Kat Wortham, Associate, Health and Housing
Executive Champions: TBD
Priority: A hallmark of the Leadership Group Housing and Community Development team’s impact locally is its presence at City Council and Planning Commission meetings to advocate for specific housing developments being approved and built. The team seeks and evaluates new housing projects in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area based on strict criteria that prioritize appropriate high-density projects, transit-oriented development, and affordable housing.
- Meet with at least five developers to understand their housing development approaches and to steward strong partnerships
- Endorse 10 housing proposals in Housing Committee
- Of the endorsed housing proposals that will come to a decision in 2019, including those endorsed prior to 2019, at least 75% of the housing proposals are approved for development by the city or county in which they are proposed.
2018 Local Housing Advocacy
- As of July 2018: Endorsed and supported eleven housing developments that will provide 3,596 new homes in seven cities, 28% of which (1,031 apts) will be affordable housing.
- Of the four developments (1,216 total homes) that have been considered by City Councils, all four projects were approved to move forward. 32% of the homes (387) are affordable housing.
- Leadership Group appointed to City of San Jose, Diridon Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG). Mercury News Letter to the Editor.
2017 Local Housing Advocacy
- Supported eleven housing developments that will provide 6,543 new homes in eight cities.
- Adoption of North Bayshore Precise Plan by the Mountain View City Council allowing for 9,850 new housing homes in the area. Partnered with [email protected], Greenbelt Alliance, and local coalition partners.
- Leadership Group’s Senior Director for Housing and Community Development, Nathan Ho, appointed to City of Santa Clara’s El Camino Real Specific Plan Community Advisory Committee.
2016 Local Housing Advocacy
- Supported developments for 5,688 new homes by advocating before 29 different city councils and planning commissions in eight cities.
- Adoption of the Lawrence Station Area Plan by the Sunnyvale City Council in December 2016. The adoption capped our two-year advocacy effort to revitalize the Lawrence Station Area with high density, transit-oriented, and mixed used development.
- Partnered with California Housing Consortium to co-sponsor “Affordable Housing and CEQA,” a convening of local elected officials, city staff, state appointees and advocates.
- Partnered on the campaign to renew Santa Clara County’s Park Charter Fund. “Yes on A” (June 2016) passed with 78.08% support and ensures that Santa Clara County parks have the funds needed to serve our communities as they grow. Mercury News editorial by the Leadership Group and the San Jose Earthquakes, a member company.
- Member of San Jose’s 2016 General Plan Task Force’s 4-year Review. Advocated for additional affordable housing and Urban Villages near transit centers to move forward more quickly.
2018 State Legislation
- SB 828 (Wiener) Regional Housing Needs Allocation RHNA Reform – Signed into law
- SB 827 (Wiener) Transit-Oriented Zoning Standards
- SB 831 (Wieckowski) Accessory Dwelling Units ADUs
- SB 1430 (Glazer) Expedited CEQA Process
- AB 1771 (Bloom) Regional Housing Needs Allocation RHNA Reform – Signed into law
- AB 1804 (Berman) CEQA Exemption, Unincorporated County Infill – Signed into law
- AB 2147 (Caballero) Predictability of Development Fees
- AB 2890 (Ting) Accessory Dwelling Units ADUs
- AB 2923 (Chiu, Grayson) Transit-Oriented BART Zoning Standards – Signed into law
- AB 3030 (Caballero) CEQA Exemption, Opportunity Zones
2017 State Legislation
- SB 2 (Atkins) Building Homes and Jobs Act
- SB 3 (Beall) Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act
- SB 53 (Steinorth) Homeownership Savings Accounts
- AB 45 (Thurmond) California School Employee Housing Assistance Grant Program
- AB 71 (Chiu) Low-Income Housing Tax Credit allocation increase
Oppose Unless Amended
- AB 59 (Thurmond) Local Housing Trust Fund Matching Grant
Statewide Propositions 1 and 2
- Prop 1: Veterans and Affordable Housing Act
- Prop 2: No Place Like Home
Regional Affordable Housing Advocacy Groups
2018 Housing Solutions Summit (hosted at Facebook)
More than 175 business leaders, elected officials, community partners and housing advocates came together on February 9th to focus on solutions to the housing shortage facing the Silicon Valley and greater Bay Area. More than half of the attendees were private sector CEOs, C-suite, or VPs, who committed to solutions they and/or their organizations would consider pursuing in 2018.
The Summit featured nearly 20 solution-oriented presentations and participants selected the solutions to which they would commit their time, talent, and/or treasure.
Thanks to member company Facebook for hosting our Housing Solutions Summit, and to the Bay Area Council for co-leading the event.
2018 Housing Tour
The Leadership Group held its annual 2018 Housing Tour as a part of Santa Clara County’s Affordable Housing Week. This year’s Tour was hosted in the City of Milpitas and focused on transit-oriented development. Attendees engaged in a rich discussion on the benefits and challenges of high-density housing development around the upcoming Milpitas BART station.
Thank you to the elected officials, planning commissioners, and passionate community members, and developers who attended and lent their experience and expertise.