Typically, most of the news we hear regarding the Silicon Valley housing is regarded as a "crisis", but last week the Mountain View City Council took a huge step in a positive direction. The city approved a new planning document for the North Bayshore district (Google-land), which plans for the creation of 10,250 high density units. This would be a substantial increase, considering that Mountain View currently has about 32,000 households total. Now the next step is to see who is willing to build these units, keeping in mind the high land prices and the low income housing requirements. So far, Google (for obvious reasons) and Sobrato are the only two companies that have expressed an interest in building. Hopefully this move by the Mountain View City Council will be implemented in other areas in the Silicon Valley.
To check out the planning document: http://mountainview.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?M=F&ID=fdb717c2-ba5a-4dce-a669-86d255263e53.pdf
To read the entire article, go to: http://www.vox.com/2016/3/7/11173750/google-silicon-valley-housing-crisis