Land Use (News)
The first American metropolises emerged after World War II, the result of a publicly subsidized mass exodus of white populations that coincided with the migration of blacks from the cotton and sugar fields of the American South to the cities of the North and West. Over the years, segregation in housing and in education increased, and today the nation’s public schools are more segregated than they were decades ago.
Voters had approved a ballot measure in 1996 capping the number of residences in the Silicon Valley city at 29,000. The city now has more than 27,000.
Ruling bars city from issuing building permits to commercial builders, but gives home builders freeer rein
The Pleasanton City Council delayed any action last night in response to an Alameda County court ruling that invalidated the city's 14-year-old housing cap.
The ruling immediately halted all commercial building in Pleasanton after Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch determined that the cap, which had limited the total number of homes and apartments allowed to be built in the city to no more than 29,000 units, violates state law and is invalid.
The ruling is the first by a California judge to require a city to change its zoning to accommodate new housing, said attorney Richard Marcantonio of the nonprofit Public Advocates firm, which represented the plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the cap.