Commission on Disability Issues

Alameda City

Synopsis

The Commission on Disability Issues is interested in incorporating Universal Design criteria within their housing ordinance, with the goal of ensuring that accessible housing is incorporated within all new developments. The timing is critical, as the City of Alameda took over about 900 hundred acres of land from the navy after the Naval Air Station closed in 1997. By far the largest single development within the city, the first phase of construction calls for 800 units of housing and 60,000 sq.ft. of commercial space. The potential impact of this UD housing ordinance is considerable and advocating on behalf of the community’s considerable disabled and aging population, the commission is working closely with the planning department. I provided technical and research support, and help navigating the process of presenting to the planning board. The ordinance is still in negotiations with the hope that it will be presented to and pass the board by 2016.

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