Palo Alto must build 3,505 new housing units over the next seven years, according to the latest housing allocations released by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).
The ABAG Executive Board will meet tonight to vote on how to divvy up 214,500 new housing units throughout the nine Bay Area counties. Of those units, 60,334 would be in Santa Clara County.
But Palo Alto officials already object to the city's future housing burden.
"We think they're abnormally high," Palo Alto Planning Director Steve Emslie said of the ABAG's numbers for Palo Alto.
He said ABAG fails to take available Stanford land into account that is part of unincorporated Santa Clara County. Currently, ABAG is only planning to require 165 more units to be built in all unincorporated county lands, but Emslie would like to see some of Palo Alto's requirement shifted over to Stanford. That land could accommodate 3,000 housing units under the university's general use permit, Emslie said.
"They need to fix that, and they've been unwilling to do that," he said.
Palo Alto's housing allocation is the fourth highest in the county, behind San Jose, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, which will be required to build 34,717 and 5,873 and 4,426 new units, respectively.
Palo Alto's allocation is distributed throughout income categories: 35 percent of the units would be for "above-moderate" incomes; 22 percent for moderate incomes; 19 percent for low-income housing; and 24 percent for very low-income housing.
In January, the ABAG board met to approve a methodology for distributing housing throughout the nine counties.
Factors taken into account include available jobs and housing and the municipality's rate of growth, along with proximity to public transportation.
Palo Alto's proximity to three Caltrain stations (including the San Antonio Road station in Mountain View along with University and California Avenue stops) earned it a greater responsibility to build up, Emslie said.
The ABAG Executive Board public meeting begins at 7 p.m. tonight in Oakland at the MetroCenter Auditorium at 101 Eighth Street.
After tonight's vote, cities will have a 60-day public comment period to ask for changes to their allocations.
ABAG plans to finalize numbers before April 2008, according to an ABAG memo.