By Sarah Ravani for San Francisco Chronicle
Like most Bay Area cities, Berkeley has seen very little new housing built for decades. Now, the city needs to figure where nearly 9,000 new units of housing might go to meet state mandates.
On Thursday, the City Council voted to start that process. The council directed the city manager to spend 18 months creating a plan that includes exploring allowing multi-unit buildings in certain parts of Berkeley, building middle-income housing and prioritizing transit corridors like the Ashby and North Berkeley BART stations for new homes. The city doesn’t have to ensure that the new homes are built by 2030, but it needs to zone for them by the deadline.