When NIMBYs tried to derail an approved development project in Vacaville, BIA|Bay Area joined business and labor voices in successfully speaking up for housing. BIA East Bay Government Affairs Director Lisa Vorderbrueggen and others vigorously expressed support before the Vacaville City Council on April 12, 2016, for the Upper Lagoon Valley development agreement. Click here
for a copy of BIA’s letter. Vacaville approved the 1,000-unit project more than a decade ago but it was delayed initially while opponents waged unsuccessful legal challenges and then during the Great Recession. In preparation for moving forward on the long-delayed project, CalAtlantic Homes and the City of Vacaville negotiated a development agreement that spells out a mutually beneficial phasing schedule for its infrastructure, commercial and residential components along with a dedication of hundreds of acres of parks and open space. The NIMBYs were unsuccessful in their bid to hijack the development, however, and the phasing agreement was unanimously approved on April 12, 2016.