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David Hunt inside City Boundary January 16, 2022, 5:24 PM

How important do you think these housing-related challenges are in San Mateo? (1=not important, 5=very important)
As the economy and population grow and change, more housing must be produced to accommodate this growth. Where are the best locations to place more housing? (Pick your top three) New housing should be walkable/bikeable to shops and services, New housing should be concentrated near public transit
Given that there is limited land available, what do you think are the best strategies to manage production of new housing? (Pick your top three) Increase the allowable density in areas that are close to transit., Encourage mixed-use projects that have both commercial and residential uses., Streamline housing approval process.
What types of housing do you think should be prioritized? (Pick your top three) Interim/transitional housing for people looking to transition from homelessness, Adding units to existing single family properties, Rental units
What do you think are the best ways to address housing affordability? (Pick your top three) Incentives for private developers to build more affordable housing, Streamline residential approval process., Locate affordable housing near transit and jobs.
What do you think are the most important ways to ensure housing opportunities are available to all members of San Mateo, especially those who have not had fair access to housing in the past? (Pick up to three) Ensure affordable housing opportunities are created throughout the entire city, Improve infrastructure, transit and services in underserved neighborhoods
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about housing needs in San Mateo? In my opinion we need higher density housing near transit and we need to invest in a high quality transit network and a high quality bike network.
Which one of these applies to you? Live in San Mateo
What is your age group? 35-44 years
What is your race or ethnicity? White
Which best describes your current housing situation? Own my home
Which best describes your current living situation? Live in a single-family home
How many people live in your household? 4
Which best describes your household annual income? Greater than $185,000

Adam Loraine inside City Boundary January 16, 2022, 4:01 PM

How important do you think these housing-related challenges are in San Mateo? (1=not important, 5=very important)
As the economy and population grow and change, more housing must be produced to accommodate this growth. Where are the best locations to place more housing? (Pick your top three) New housing should be walkable/bikeable to shops and services, New housing should be concentrated near public transit, New housing should be located near community services and parks
Given that there is limited land available, what do you think are the best strategies to manage production of new housing? (Pick your top three) Create housing by redeveloping existing properties that have additional potential., Increase the allowable density in areas that are close to transit., Encourage mixed-use projects that have both commercial and residential uses.
What types of housing do you think should be prioritized? (Pick your top three) Smaller units that are less expensive to live in, Larger units for families with children and/or multiple generations, Housing to assist those with special needs
What do you think are the best ways to address housing affordability? (Pick your top three) Public funding to construct new housing, Incentives for private developers to build more affordable housing
What do you think are the most important ways to ensure housing opportunities are available to all members of San Mateo, especially those who have not had fair access to housing in the past? (Pick up to three) Eviction prevention programs, Target outreach for new affordable housing to underserved groups, Ensure affordable housing opportunities are created throughout the entire city
Which one of these applies to you? Live in San Mateo
What is your age group? 35-44 years
What is your race or ethnicity? White
Which best describes your current housing situation? Pay rent for my home
Which best describes your current living situation? Live in an apartment
How many people live in your household? 1
Which best describes your household annual income? $80,000-$115,000

Name not shown inside City Boundary January 16, 2022, 3:10 PM

How important do you think these housing-related challenges are in San Mateo? (1=not important, 5=very important)
As the economy and population grow and change, more housing must be produced to accommodate this growth. Where are the best locations to place more housing? (Pick your top three) New housing should be walkable/bikeable to shops and services, New housing should be concentrated near public transit, New housing should be located where it will have the least impact on traffic
Given that there is limited land available, what do you think are the best strategies to manage production of new housing? (Pick your top three) Create housing by redeveloping existing properties that have additional potential., Increase the allowable density in areas that are close to transit., Encourage mixed-use projects that have both commercial and residential uses.
What types of housing do you think should be prioritized? (Pick your top three) Smaller units that are less expensive to live in, Larger units for families with children and/or multiple generations, Ownership units
What do you think are the best ways to address housing affordability? (Pick your top three) Financial assistance programs for people who cannot afford housing, such as subsidized rent and down payment loans, Incentives for private developers to build more affordable housing, Locate affordable housing near transit and jobs.
What do you think are the most important ways to ensure housing opportunities are available to all members of San Mateo, especially those who have not had fair access to housing in the past? (Pick up to three) Target outreach for new affordable housing to underserved groups, Ensure affordable housing opportunities are created throughout the entire city, Improve infrastructure, transit and services in underserved neighborhoods
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about housing needs in San Mateo? Housing needs easy transit - public or bike connections for new housing is necessary
Which one of these applies to you? Live in San Mateo
If you live in San Mateo, what is your Zip Code? 94403
What is your age group? 55-64 years
What is your race or ethnicity? White
Which best describes your current housing situation? Own my home
Which best describes your current living situation? Live in a single-family home
How many people live in your household? 2
Which best describes your household annual income? Greater than $185,000

Lisa Nash inside City Boundary January 16, 2022, 1:31 PM

How important do you think these housing-related challenges are in San Mateo? (1=not important, 5=very important)
As the economy and population grow and change, more housing must be produced to accommodate this growth. Where are the best locations to place more housing? (Pick your top three) New housing should be walkable/bikeable to shops and services, New housing should be concentrated near public transit, New housing should be located near community services and parks
Given that there is limited land available, what do you think are the best strategies to manage production of new housing? (Pick your top three) Increase the allowable density in areas that are close to transit., Encourage mixed-use projects that have both commercial and residential uses., Allow taller developments if they include open space.
What types of housing do you think should be prioritized? (Pick your top three) Smaller units that are less expensive to live in, Larger units for families with children and/or multiple generations, Preserve existing housing
What do you think are the best ways to address housing affordability? (Pick your top three) Financial assistance programs for people who cannot afford housing, such as subsidized rent and down payment loans, Public funding to construct new housing, Incentives for private developers to build more affordable housing
What do you think are the most important ways to ensure housing opportunities are available to all members of San Mateo, especially those who have not had fair access to housing in the past? (Pick up to three) Target outreach for new affordable housing to underserved groups, Relocation assistance for displaced tenants, Improve infrastructure, transit and services in underserved neighborhoods
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about housing needs in San Mateo? San Mateo, many other cities the County and the State have tended to approach affordable housing by focusing on building new buildings and then worrying about everything else later. Affordable housing that is sustainable and attractive must be a holistic effort. Preserving existing affordable housing is key. If new buildings are created, however, there must be a holistic plan at the same time that shows how there will be sufficient public transit (both east/west as well as north/south), open space, parking, traffic safety, retail/grocery/etc shops and services around the housing. This will make the new/preserved housing more attractive to the purchasers/renters, as well as to their neighbors. Everyone wants quality of life. Just building a building doesn't do it.
We also need to encourage more affordable rentals and purchases. Helping with downpayment loans/subsidies for both rentals and subsidies removes a huge obstacle. More innovative public/private partnerships can speed up creation/preservation of affordable housing rather than putting impact fees in bank accounts where they sit for a very long time doing no good for the community.
We need more focus on specifically preserving/creating affordable housing, not just building lots more market rate housing in the hopes that that will put pressure on less new housing units to lower their rents/prices. While this is a strategy, we have leaned on it far too much for our city's needs.
Finally, while there are greater financial incentives for our City to keep approving more commercial buildings, this only continues to throw our housing/jobs imbalance further out of wack and makes residents cynical about our City's commitment to affordable housing. If the State is serious about addressing affordable housing, State/local and private developer collaborations should focus on encouraging more mixed use housing (and not just luxury housing units). This is not just about $$$. It is about regulations and short and long term incentives.
Thanks for putting this survey out. Everyone in San Mateo wants more affordable housing. There may be several reasons for this, but there is a common goal. I look forward to how our General Plan 2040 presents a holistic and actionable approach to affordable housing that we all can get behind.
Which one of these applies to you? Live and work in San Mateo
If you live in San Mateo, what is your Zip Code? 94402
What is your age group? 55-64 years
What is your race or ethnicity? Latino/Hispanic
Which best describes your current housing situation? Own my home
Which best describes your current living situation? Live in a single-family home
How many people live in your household? 2
Which best describes your household annual income? Prefer not to say

Name not shown inside City Boundary January 16, 2022, 12:45 PM

How important do you think these housing-related challenges are in San Mateo? (1=not important, 5=very important)
As the economy and population grow and change, more housing must be produced to accommodate this growth. Where are the best locations to place more housing? (Pick your top three) New housing should be spread evenly across all parts of the city, Other - New housing doesn’t need to be evenly spread, but all parts of the city need new housing
Given that there is limited land available, what do you think are the best strategies to manage production of new housing? (Pick your top three) Create housing by redeveloping existing properties that have additional potential., Create accessory dwelling units (ADUs, also known as second units, granny flats) on existing single-family properties., Convert existing single-family houses into duplexes.
What types of housing do you think should be prioritized? (Pick your top three) Adding units to existing single family properties
What do you think are the best ways to address housing affordability? (Pick your top three) Financial assistance programs for people who cannot afford housing, such as subsidized rent and down payment loans, Incentives for private developers to build more affordable housing, Encourage conversion of single-family units to duplexes in single-family neighborhoods
What do you think are the most important ways to ensure housing opportunities are available to all members of San Mateo, especially those who have not had fair access to housing in the past? (Pick up to three) Ensure affordable housing opportunities are created throughout the entire city, Improve infrastructure, transit and services in underserved neighborhoods
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about housing needs in San Mateo? We need more housing everywhere, especially in existing single family neighborhoods. To avoid increased traffic, we need to prioritize better options for waking, biking and transit.
Which one of these applies to you? Live in San Mateo
If you live in San Mateo, what is your Zip Code? 94401
What is your age group? 35-44 years
What is your race or ethnicity? Mixed or other
Which best describes your current housing situation? Pay rent for my home
Which best describes your current living situation? Live in a single-family home
How many people live in your household? 3
Which best describes your household annual income? Greater than $185,000

Name not shown inside City Boundary January 16, 2022, 12:29 PM

How important do you think these housing-related challenges are in San Mateo? (1=not important, 5=very important)
As the economy and population grow and change, more housing must be produced to accommodate this growth. Where are the best locations to place more housing? (Pick your top three) New housing should be walkable/bikeable to shops and services, New housing should be concentrated near public transit, New housing should be located near community services and parks
Given that there is limited land available, what do you think are the best strategies to manage production of new housing? (Pick your top three) Create housing by redeveloping existing properties that have additional potential., Increase the allowable density in areas that are close to transit., Streamline housing approval process.
What types of housing do you think should be prioritized? (Pick your top three) Smaller units that are less expensive to live in, Adding units to existing single family properties, Rental units
What do you think are the best ways to address housing affordability? (Pick your top three) Incentives for private developers to build more affordable housing, Encourage conversion of single-family units to duplexes in single-family neighborhoods, Streamline residential approval process.
What do you think are the most important ways to ensure housing opportunities are available to all members of San Mateo, especially those who have not had fair access to housing in the past? (Pick up to three) Target outreach for new affordable housing to underserved groups, Ensure affordable housing opportunities are created throughout the entire city, Other - Streamline permitting. Resist NIMBY and embellished negative impact of proposed projects. Maximize available space. Minimize # of single family homes on large lots. Incentive building of affordable rental and starter home units for would-be buyers.
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about housing needs in San Mateo? Outdated ordnances, unfavorable permitting requirements and obstructionist NIMBYism has exacerbated housing affordability in San Mateo for decades. It is now a crisis for the middle and lower classes. New homes for rent and purchase must be built, despite opposition from existing residents who benefited from and exacerbated supply limits. Action to ameliorate this dire issue is crucial or the economy and body politic of the area will lead to greater heights of crisis.
Which one of these applies to you? Live in San Mateo
If you live in San Mateo, what is your Zip Code? 94401
What is your age group? 45-54 years
What is your race or ethnicity? White
Which best describes your current housing situation? Pay rent for my home
Which best describes your current living situation? Live in a single-family home
How many people live in your household? 2
Which best describes your household annual income? Greater than $185,000

Name not shown inside City Boundary January 15, 2022, 5:32 PM

How important do you think these housing-related challenges are in San Mateo? (1=not important, 5=very important)
As the economy and population grow and change, more housing must be produced to accommodate this growth. Where are the best locations to place more housing? (Pick your top three) New housing should be located where it will have the least impact on traffic, New housing should be spread evenly across all parts of the city, Other - New housing should be concentrated in low density neighborhoods
Given that there is limited land available, what do you think are the best strategies to manage production of new housing? (Pick your top three) Other - Cities should joint venture to build in the entire housing market area
What types of housing do you think should be prioritized? (Pick your top three) Interim/transitional housing for people looking to transition from homelessness, Ownership units
What do you think are the best ways to address housing affordability? (Pick your top three) Public funding to construct new housing, Develop programs that help people experiencing homelessness find permanent housing., Other - Require new commercial development to contribute to housing funds for public non-profit housing.
What do you think are the most important ways to ensure housing opportunities are available to all members of San Mateo, especially those who have not had fair access to housing in the past? (Pick up to three) Landlord and tenant counseling services, Eviction prevention programs, Other - Aggressively enforce fair housing laws
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about housing needs in San Mateo? Unlimited growth is not sustainable. Public education regarding environmental limits to growth should be on-going and at the fore front. Affordable housing is only achievable by public no-profit housing. The private sector has not and will not build sufficient affordable housing as there is no profit in it. Water is a very limited resource and existing supplies are not sufficient to sustain long-term growth.
Which one of these applies to you? Live in San Mateo
If you live in San Mateo, what is your Zip Code? 94401
What is your age group? 65+ years
What is your race or ethnicity? White
Which best describes your current housing situation? Own my home
Which best describes your current living situation? Live in a single-family home
How many people live in your household? 2
Which best describes your household annual income? Greater than $185,000

Name not shown inside City Boundary January 15, 2022, 1:33 PM

How important do you think these housing-related challenges are in San Mateo? (1=not important, 5=very important)
As the economy and population grow and change, more housing must be produced to accommodate this growth. Where are the best locations to place more housing? (Pick your top three) New housing should be concentrated near public transit, New housing should be located where it will have the least impact on traffic, New housing should be located where it will have the least impact on the environment overall
Given that there is limited land available, what do you think are the best strategies to manage production of new housing? (Pick your top three) Create housing by redeveloping existing properties that have additional potential., Encourage mixed-use projects that have both commercial and residential uses., Other - No contracts to greedy developers who have council members in their pockets.
What types of housing do you think should be prioritized? (Pick your top three) Larger units for families with children and/or multiple generations, Ownership units, Preserve existing housing
What do you think are the best ways to address housing affordability? (Pick your top three) Locate affordable housing near transit and jobs., Develop programs that help people experiencing homelessness find permanent housing., Other - No contracts to greedy developers who have council members in their pockets.
What do you think are the most important ways to ensure housing opportunities are available to all members of San Mateo, especially those who have not had fair access to housing in the past? (Pick up to three) Ensure affordable housing opportunities are created throughout the entire city, Improve infrastructure, transit and services in underserved neighborhoods, Other - No contracts to greedy developers who have council members in their pockets.
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about housing needs in San Mateo? San Mateo has a history of developers who live away from San Mateo and develop in their own self interest. They have supported racism, segregation, and "old boys" ways of doing business. San Mateo needs to find some new developers with ethics and a sense of community. Business as usual will not support affordability or fair housing. Some Council members need to think about who they should be serving.
Which one of these applies to you? Live and work in San Mateo
If you live in San Mateo, what is your Zip Code? 94403
What is your age group? 65+ years
What is your race or ethnicity? White
Which best describes your current housing situation? Own my home
Which best describes your current living situation? Live in a single-family home
How many people live in your household? 3
Which best describes your household annual income? $115,000-$150,000

Name not shown inside City Boundary January 14, 2022, 3:13 PM

How important do you think these housing-related challenges are in San Mateo? (1=not important, 5=very important)
As the economy and population grow and change, more housing must be produced to accommodate this growth. Where are the best locations to place more housing? (Pick your top three) New housing should be walkable/bikeable to shops and services, New housing should be located near community services and parks
Given that there is limited land available, what do you think are the best strategies to manage production of new housing? (Pick your top three) Create housing by redeveloping existing properties that have additional potential., Increase the allowable density in areas that are close to transit., Allow taller developments if they include open space.
What do you think are the best ways to address housing affordability? (Pick your top three) Public funding to construct new housing, Other - Does zoning new office jobs increase people wanting to live here? (see below)
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about housing needs in San Mateo? Is zoning additional *office* jobs relevant to housing price? Based on Economics 101, the price of anything is a balance of supply and demand. I presume we do need more office jobs, but would that also generate more demand for people (understandably) wanting to live in San Mateo? How does San Mateo find the optimal balance?
Which one of these applies to you? Live in San Mateo
If you live in San Mateo, what is your Zip Code? 94401
Which best describes your current housing situation? Pay rent for my home
Which best describes your current living situation? Live in an apartment
How many people live in your household? 1
Which best describes your household annual income? Prefer not to say

Karim Sarraf inside City Boundary January 13, 2022, 11:15 PM

How important do you think these housing-related challenges are in San Mateo? (1=not important, 5=very important)
As the economy and population grow and change, more housing must be produced to accommodate this growth. Where are the best locations to place more housing? (Pick your top three) New housing should be walkable/bikeable to shops and services, New housing should be concentrated near public transit, Other - New housing should be spread evenly across the city North-South in transit corridors
Given that there is limited land available, what do you think are the best strategies to manage production of new housing? (Pick your top three) Create accessory dwelling units (ADUs, also known as second units, granny flats) on existing single-family properties., Increase the allowable density in areas that are close to transit., Other - My 3rd is a combo of applying SB9 laws recently enacted w/inclusionary zoning & offering other incentives to property owners/developers
What types of housing do you think should be prioritized? (Pick your top three) Adding units to existing single family properties, Preserve existing housing, Other - Multi-residential rentals, condos, & ADUs (yes, correct, multi-residential ADUs is 'thing')
What do you think are the best ways to address housing affordability? (Pick your top three) Incentives for private developers to build more affordable housing, Streamline residential approval process., Other - Work more closely with local Non-Profits, Faith Leaders/Institutions to donate resources, & Housing Authority to expand programs such as Section 8 housing, subsidizing rents/security deposits (or move-in fees), & educating/incentivizing property owners.
What do you think are the most important ways to ensure housing opportunities are available to all members of San Mateo, especially those who have not had fair access to housing in the past? (Pick up to three) Landlord and tenant counseling services, Ensure affordable housing opportunities are created throughout the entire city, Other - See answer in "Other" in response to most recent prior question above.
Which one of these applies to you? Live and work in San Mateo
If you live in San Mateo, what is your Zip Code? 94403
What is your age group? 55-64 years
What is your race or ethnicity? Latino/Hispanic
Which best describes your current housing situation? Own my home
Which best describes your current living situation? Live in a condominium or townhome
How many people live in your household? 3
Which best describes your household annual income? Prefer not to say