Apparently, Ron Cowan and HBIA object to our insistence they really want up to 160 new homes in Bay Farm, compared to the 80 homes they claim.
They even dedicated a portion of their website to it:
As usual, that entire paragraph from HBIA is completely untrue.
HBIA requested a change in zoning — from recreation/commercial within a Planned Development (or C-2-PD) to single family and/or duplex within a PD (or R-2-PD). Approval of that request would allow for 80 new single family homes or … wait for it … 160 total new homes via 80 duplexes.
In fact, below is HBIA’s exact request as copied from their development application (that you can view in its entirety HERE, see page 2 for the zoning change request):
Had HBIA really wanted just 80 new homes, they would have asked for a R-1 zoning, which is exclusive to single family residential development.
Clearly, HBIA’s request for R-2 zoning gives them the option to develop up to 160 new homes. HBIA’s claims simply do not mesh with reality.
That leaves two different interpretations of HBIA’s claims for just 80 homes:
Either, HBIA knows R-2 permits up to 160 more homes and is OK with misleading the community. In that case, it is business as usual for HBIA.
Or, the HBIA organization does not understand what their proposal entails. They might not even know there is a difference between R-1 and R-2 zoning.
In our opinion, the latter is entirely possible. We have followed this project long enough to recognize that the left hand of HBIA has no idea what the right hand is doing. If HBIA has no idea what their proposals entail, why should Alameda do business with them?
Our City Leaders need to know we want HBIA to start telling the truth. You can make that happen by sending them an email RIGHT NOW. Use this link.