Blogging Bayport Alameda

September 5, 2019

Slowdown in town

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

Just so you know Councilmember Tony Daysog has received 10 parking tickets in the 10 years that he has lived in this West End house right off of Webster Street.  There’s a whole discussion around parking enforcement but it was so fatiguing that it’s not even worth going into detail because it was just continued anyway.

So, I just wanted to point out that the state Legislative Analyst Office released a building permit update statewide which reveals that building permits are at its worst state since the last recession.Screen Shot 2019-09-04 at 5.20.20 PM

Building permits, unlike zoning in order to meet RHNA allocations, is the actual measure if housing units actually are being built.


  1. Do you have any numbers on local building permits?

    And is a permit the last paperwork stage before breaking ground or are there CEQA or other types of reviews to do after permit?

    Comment by dave — September 5, 2019 @ 6:31 am

    • For residential, the permit is the last step. You’ve gone through all the reviews required, and the final plan check is done after you apply for the permit before they will issue it. Once you’ve got it, you break ground.

      Comment by Jim Meyer — September 5, 2019 @ 7:57 am

  2. There’s this thing Dave, it’s called Google.

    Comment by Angela — September 5, 2019 @ 6:51 am

    • dave’s always the smartest warm blooded thing in the room Angela. But sometimes he gets up too early and likes to question others until his temperature rises above freezing. No way he needs help from google

      Comment by Jack — September 5, 2019 @ 7:52 am

  3. Dave — permits are usually the last thing that occurs after all the planning and approvals are complete.

    I’m seeing alot of construction going on around town — contractors are super busy. With interest rates going down, people are making improvements to their homes, some with plans to sell — while others deciding now is a good time to add that second bath, etc.

    Developer’s are used to the boom and bust real estate cycle — so those that have entitlements and permits are moving forward with build out and making adjusts as needed, while new developments are in the planning stages preparing for the next cycle.

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 5, 2019 @ 7:56 am

  4. In Alameda, I think we’re doing okay based on the last Housing Element. Site A has most of their permits approved for Phase 1, Alameda Landing I think is moving forward with their waterfront design approvals with Pulte Homes as their home builder, and Alameda Marina is moving forward with Phase 1 design approvals.

    The only project I haven’t heard much about is the Del Monte — but they recently received design change approvals from the Planning Board so it looks like they will be next to submit for a building permit.

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 5, 2019 @ 8:16 am

    • Del Monte has been in the works since I moved to Alameda in 2008. I’ll believe it when I see it!

      Comment by trow125 — September 5, 2019 @ 9:39 am

    • One Apartment/condo building on the base is like 3 or 4 stories now…others have been started.

      Comment by joelsf — September 6, 2019 @ 9:06 am

      • including townhouses along Main St.

        Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — September 7, 2019 @ 8:34 am

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