Gonzales includes many acres of important agricultural lands, which require thoughtful planning and careful consideration on many levels. Many of the issues relate to the conversion of farmland, the lack of affordable housing, and traffic impacts.
Letter: LandWatch Comments on Vista Lucia NOP (512K PDF file)
LandWatch reiterates its position to support a mix of housing types and affordability and includes concerns about California Environmental Quality Act violations with the lack of public meetings on the proposed project, the lack of project objectives, an inadequate project description, and lack of alternatives. (10.01.21)
LandWatch Supports Housing Local Residents First In this article it outlines the possible quadrupling of the City of Gonzales and how LandWatch supports local residents being housed first. Outdated census information, lack of affordable units, delayed construction, etc. all play into two unappealing outcomes described in the article. (04.23.21)
Letter: LandWatch Comments on Two Project Specific Plans (105K PDF file)
LandWatch urges the City to “right-size” by building housing it actually needs; zoning at densities that make affordable housing possible; and ensuring the City’s housing policies and practices address climate change. (03.31.21)
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