Gov. Jerry Brown's housing plan could wipe away development rules in Los Angeles and San Francisco

Gov. Jerry Brown's housing plan could wipe away development rules in Los Angeles and San Francisco

For anyone who has dealt with submitting plans for a residential development in Santa Cruz or the Bay Area, they can relate to the frustrations that Governor Brown is currently trying to address. Theoretically, if you submit plans for a development that fall within current zoning and planning guidelines, you should be approved and your project should move forward in a timely fashion. 99% of the time this does not happen, which causes most developments to ultimately cost more. If Governor Brown can pass his housing plan, this could greatly increase efficiency and appeal for developers, which will stimulate growth, jobs, etc. Planning will still play the role of approving or changing zoning and general plans so that we keep everything in balance. What are your thoughts?

To read the entire article, go to: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-jerry-brown-housing-cities-20160602-snap-story.html

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Westside Santa Cruz "Court of Mysteries" property sells

Westside Santa Cruz "Court of Mysteries" property sells

Westside Santa Cruz's strangest property has been sold for $1.58 million. 519 Fair Avenue has always been a mystery since I was a kid, is it a temple? is it haunted? Now a San Francisco couple has closed escrow and wants to make it a family compound. The property is listed as historic, so it will be interesting to see what the city approves. I am definitely excited for someone with vision to take over the property.

To read the entire article, go to: http://patch.com/california/santacruz/santa-cruz-court-mysteries-property-sold

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Aptos Village Redevelopment

Aptos Village Redevelopment

The new Aptos Village Redevelopment project has finally broken ground. This project will finally bring some much needed housing, along with a revitalization to the Aptos Village area. The village will feature 69 residential units comprised of 52 apartments and condos on top of retail units, as well as 11 townhomes and 6 single family homes. There will be 75,000 square feet of retail and office space. Plus, New Leaf Market will be one of the main tenants. I am excited to see this completed! What are your thoughts on this project?

To read the entire articles, go to:

http://aptoscommunitynews.org/projects/aptos-village/

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20150222/NEWS/150229926

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