A proposed moratorium on new housing in downtown Livermore is dead. The housing ban needed a four-fifth’s vote to pass but two of the five city councilmembers agreed with BIA|Bay Area’s argument that no imminent threat to public health, safety and welfare — as the law requires for moratoriums — existed. Proponents sought the moratorium in response to recent public criticism of the housing densities and building heights permitted in the city’s Downtown Specific Plan, which was adopted more than a decade ago and most recently amended in 2009. BIA and its allies at Innovation Tri-Valley recommended the city commence with an inclusive and comprehensive specific plan update for the 272-acre area rather than enact an unjustifiable and heavy-handed moratorium. Click here
to view the agenda and staff report. Click here
to view BIA|Bay Area’s letter to the Livermore City Council on Oct. 10, 2016.