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Housing Element Values Survey

193 registered responses


Do you live and/or work in the City of Saratoga?

Response Percent Response Count
I live in Saratoga, but work somewhere else. 34.7% 67
I live and work in Saratoga. 16.6% 32
I live in Saratoga and I am retired/ do not currently work. 48.2% 93
I work in Saratoga, but live somewhere else. 0.5% 1

If you live in Saratoga, how long have you lived in the City?

Response Percent Response Count
0-2 years 4.7% 9
2-5 years 9.3% 18
5-10 years 10.4% 20
10-20 years 14.5% 28
20+ years 61.1% 118

How old are you?

Response Percent Response Count
18 years or less 0.5% 1
19 – 25 years 1.0% 2
31 – 40 years 5.8% 11
41 – 50 years 17.3% 33
51 – 60 years 22.5% 43
61 – 70 years 26.7% 51
71 – 80 years 19.9% 38
81 years or more 6.3% 12

Select the type of housing you reside in:

Response Percent Response Count
Single Family Home 96.4% 185
Attached Home (Townhouse, Duplex) 2.1% 4
Multifamily Home (Apartment, Condo) 1.6% 3

Are you a renter or owner?

Response Percent Response Count
Renter 0.5% 1
Owner 99.5% 191

Are you satisfied with your current housing situation?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 97.9% 187
No 2.1% 4

Does the range of housing options currently available in the City of Saratoga meet your needs?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 90.6% 173
No 9.4% 18

If you live in Saratoga, why did you choose to live here? Select all that apply. To select multiple options, use Ctrl + Click for PC or Cmd + Click for Mac.

Response Percent Response Count
Proximity to work 34.6% 66
Quality of housing 76.4% 146
Recreation/amenities 23.0% 44
Scenery 60.7% 116
Family/friends 26.7% 51
Quality of schools 68.1% 130
Neighborhood safety 71.7% 137
City services 8.4% 16
Shops, dining, etc. 19.4% 37
Other 15.2% 29

As the City plans to meet the State mandate to plan for more than 1,700 new housing units, which types of additional housing would you be willing to accept in the City of Saratoga? Select all that apply. To select multiple options, use Ctrl + Click for PC or Cmd + Click for Mac.

Response Percent Response Count
Single Family Homes 82.4% 154
Duplex, Triplex, etc 36.9% 69
Condominiums (Owned) 55.6% 104
Apartments (Rented) 26.7% 50
Townhomes 58.8% 110
Housing for Seniors 66.3% 124
Housing for Students 24.6% 46
Other 9.6% 18

Please rank the following based on how important they are to you and your family, with 1 being the most important and 8 being the least important.

Average priorities over 193 responses
  1. While State law may have its own impacts on single family zoning and the City may need to consider changes to reach its Regional Housing Needs Allocation, the City can make an effort to keep its Housing Element changes in areas of the City outside of single family neighborhoods, such as along main City streets.

    Preserving the current character of single family neighborhoods, as much as possible.
  2. Roughly half of Saratoga is in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), the area of the City that is most at risk for wildfire. If growth in Saratoga's hillsides and areas at risk for wildfire is limited, that means increased housing density would only occur in the half of the City that is outside the WUI. 

    Limiting growth in hillsides and areas at risk for wildfire.
  3. The City could make an effort to maintain businesses at commercial locations like Argonaut shopping center, or Saratoga could plan for housing at commercial locations to comply with State-mandates.

    Preserving existing commercial locations, such as shopping centers with grocery stores.
  4. The State assumes that development at a density of 20 units or more per acre meets criteria for below market units. Accommodating developments at this density may require 3 to 5 stories or more depending on the site. The City could retain a practice of limiting buildings to 2-3 stories. Alternatively, the City could increase height limits throughout Saratoga, or only in parts of Saratoga.

    Retaining a practice of generally limiting buildings to 2 stories.
  5. One strategy to retain commercial businesses while adding residential housing units is mixed-use projects. Mixed use projects include commercial businesses on the ground level and apartments or condos above. To make mixed-use projects feasible, they often require multiple stories to allow both commercial and residential uses.

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​Creating mixed-use (commercial/office and residential) projects in the community.
  6. The City needs to consider what types of housing Saratoga should have for populations like older adults or students. To count towards Saratoga’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation, these units need to be completely independent living facilities that each have their own kitchen and bathroom.   

    Building housing for older adults or students.
  7. The State assumes that developments of 20 units/acre or more will be affordable. This means the City will need to change the zoning in areas of Saratoga to allow for more apartments, condos, or townhomes to be built.

    Adding more affordable housing options makes it possible for a diverse population to live here, including young adults, baristas, grocery store clerks, teachers, social workers, and first responders who serve the community.

    Providing a diverse range of housing types to meet the varied needs of people at all income levels.
  8. The City needs to consider creating programs and policies to help low-income individuals and families. We can consider requiring developers to include affordable units as part of new housing development projects. 

    Requiring construction of affordable units as part of housing development projects. 

Are there any comments that you would like to share with the City of Saratoga about the Housing Element Update?

Answered
100
Skipped
93

Which community meeting(s) do you plan to attend? The content presented at all three meetings will be the same. To select multiple options, use Ctrl + Click for PC or Cmd + Click for Mac.

Response Percent Response Count
June 10, 12-2 p.m. 31.7% 39
June 15, 7-9 p.m. 45.5% 56
June 26, 9-11 a.m. 32.5% 40

What topics would you like covered in further detail and/or what questions would you like answered during the community meetings?

Answered
94
Skipped
99
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June 17, 2021, 7:42 PM
  • Do you live and/or work in the City of Saratoga?
    • I live in Saratoga and I am retired/ do not currently work.
  • If you live in Saratoga, how long have you lived in the City?
    • 20+ years
  • How old are you?
    • 81 years or more
  • Select the type of housing you reside in:
    • Single Family Home
  • Are you a renter or owner?
    • Owner
  • Are you satisfied with your current housing situation?
    • Yes
  • Does the range of housing options currently available in the City of Saratoga meet your needs?
    • Yes
  • If you live in Saratoga, why did you choose to live here? Select all that apply. To select multiple options, use Ctrl + Click for PC or Cmd + Click for Mac.
    • Quality of housing
    • Scenery
    • Neighborhood safety
  • As the City plans to meet the State mandate to plan for more than 1,700 new housing units, which types of additional housing would you be willing to accept in the City of Saratoga? Select all that apply. To select multiple options, use Ctrl + Click for PC or Cmd + Click for Mac.
    • Single Family Homes
    • Duplex, Triplex, etc
    • Condominiums (Owned)
    • Townhomes
    • Housing for Seniors
  • Please rank the following based on how important they are to you and your family, with 1 being the most important and 8 being the least important.
    1. While State law may have its own impacts on single family zoning and the City may need to consider changes to reach its Regional Housing Needs Allocation, the City can make an effort to keep its Housing Element changes in areas of the City outside of single family neighborhoods, such as along main City streets.

      Preserving the current character of single family neighborhoods, as much as possible.
    2. The State assumes that development at a density of 20 units or more per acre meets criteria for below market units. Accommodating developments at this density may require 3 to 5 stories or more depending on the site. The City could retain a practice of limiting buildings to 2-3 stories. Alternatively, the City could increase height limits throughout Saratoga, or only in parts of Saratoga.

      Retaining a practice of generally limiting buildings to 2 stories.
    3. One strategy to retain commercial businesses while adding residential housing units is mixed-use projects. Mixed use projects include commercial businesses on the ground level and apartments or condos above. To make mixed-use projects feasible, they often require multiple stories to allow both commercial and residential uses.

      ​​​​​​​​​​​​Creating mixed-use (commercial/office and residential) projects in the community.
    4. The City could make an effort to maintain businesses at commercial locations like Argonaut shopping center, or Saratoga could plan for housing at commercial locations to comply with State-mandates.

      Preserving existing commercial locations, such as shopping centers with grocery stores.
  • Are there any comments that you would like to share with the City of Saratoga about the Housing Element Update?

    Ultimately, this is a fool's errand. We either preserve Saratoga as the pleasant, low density, semi-rural community of mostly single family homes it is (and has been since it was incorporated), or we join San Jose in the Wuhan-ization of the Bay Area. Congestion, gridlock, and rabbit-hutch housing we do not need. Your choice. (In California anything like this takes three times longer and is five times costlier than originally projected, so I'll be 105 when the first 20-story high-density apartment house breaks ground.)

  • Which community meeting(s) do you plan to attend? The content presented at all three meetings will be the same. To select multiple options, use Ctrl + Click for PC or Cmd + Click for Mac.
    • June 26, 9-11 a.m.
  • What topics would you like covered in further detail and/or what questions would you like answered during the community meetings?
    No response.
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