This is pretty big in the world of Alameda development news.
At the Planning Board meeting on Monday night, even though the majority of the, for lack of a better term, “development friendly” members were not sitting at the meeting the agenda item about the Encinal Terminals project was overall pretty positive. I chalk it up to the surprising number Yes In My Back Yard (YIMBY) public speakers.
It was speaker after speaker commenting on how important this project was with nary a comment referencing Manhattanization or Alameda’s island status, congestion, or small town feel. It was the most development positive group of speakers I have ever witnessed at a city meeting as reflected in this tweet:
If this newest crop of YIMBYs can keep up this sort of momentum given how our board and commissions and particularly our City Council is highly persuadable by public comment this could make a huge difference in what gets approved, development wise, moving forward in Alameda.