Novato is at a crossroads. Our upcoming decisions on housing will determine if we continue to live in a vibrant, neighborly town or become a place that prices out retirees and young families, has struggling small businesses, and more congested streets and highways as Novato’s workers are forced to commute here.
What is Stand Up for Neighborly Novato’s mission and vision?
Stand Up for Neighborly Novato’s mission is to advocate for housing solutions for our residents and workforce through our community values of respect, civility and compassion for each other by educating the public on the need for reasonably priced housing and helping those in need – seniors, recent graduates, young families, disabled residents and others.
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1. Stand Up for Neighborly Novato supports working with community stakeholders to produce a Housing Element which can be certified by the State Department of Housing and Community Development.
2. Stand Up for Neighborly Novato is not recommending specific sites at this point in the process. However, Stand Up for Neighborly Novato supports selection of enough viable sites for eventual rezoning to accommodate sufficient units to satisfy Novato's Regional Housing Needs Allocation.
Rhetoric: Novato’s efforts to provide housing will result in the creation of high-crime, high-rise buildings like projects in Chicago or Detroit.
Reality: Additional affordable housing areas would be similar to what Novato already has. Places like Meadow Park, the Villas at Hamilton and the Next Key show that Novato can offer reasonably priced housing that fits Novato’s character and attract people who make our community stronger. Affordable housing...