What you told us: If developers want to build towers above designated height limits, what should they be required to do for residents in return?

By Conduit Staff

A solid third of our respondents this week focused like a laser beam on the issue of affordable or low-cost housing when we asked if developers want to build towers above designated height limits, what should they be required to do for residents in return?

In some cases you can easily read the frustration on the affordability issue that many in the East Bay middle class have suffered while trying to find decent housing for themselves or their families.

“Build 100 percent affordable housing. Duh,” said one respondent.

Of the 28 people responding to the survey, the issue of resident parking was another hot-button issue, with some saying that developers should dedicate at least one, if not two, off-street parking slots per residential unit built.

Three survey participants talked about developers being required to install nice garden, grounds and pedestrian amenities.

Two respondents wrote that they were concerned about new building developments displacing existing residents and insisted that the displaced be housed in the new building.

Two respondents requested that developers pay their construction teams prevailing wages.

Finally, a handful of respondents wanted the buildings to have intriguing, innovative designs that avoid the typical square glass box.

“(We would like to see an) onsite grocery store; EV stations with no charge to use; bike parking with no charge; alternative energy sources with discounted rates,” said yet another respondent.