4 W. Santa Inez, San Mateo

In 2017, a modest housing project was proposed for 4 West Santa Inez Avenue that would add 10 units to the Bay Area’s already scarce housing supply. On February 5, 2018, San Mateo City Council voted to deny the project.

The City of San Mateo denied the project on the grounds that “the structures, site plan, and landscaping are not in scale and are not harmonious with the character of the neighborhood”. We allege that the city’s reason for denial of the project was based on subjective criteria, which is a violation of the Housing Accountability Act’s requirement that projects be denied for objective, well-defined criteria.

Timeline

February 2016: John Matthews Architects proposes 10 units of housing at 4 W. Santa Inez

August 8, 2017: The project is heard at the city’s planning commission and continued to a date uncertain, after two hours of testimony.

September 26, 2017: A motion of intent to deny is passed at the planning commission.

October 10, 2017: The project is officially denied at the planning commission. John Matthews Architects appeals the decision.

February 5, 2018: The City of San Mateo’s city council upholds the planning commission’s denial, contradicting the requirements of the state Housing Accountability Act.

April 26, 2018: CaRLA files suit, alleging a violation of the Housing Accountability Act

Status: Litigation in progress

Filings and Letters

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August 14, 2019City of San MateoRequest for Judicial Notice

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August 14, 2019City of San MateoProof of Service

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August 14, 2019City of San MateoRespondents’ Opposition Brief

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July 15, 2019CaRLAOpening Brief in CaRLA v San Mateo

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April 30, 2018PetitionCaRLAPetition for Writ of Administrative Mandate
February 2, 2018LetterCaRLALegal threat letter

We had our attorney send in a formal threat letter to the city, outlining how they broke the law and why we will win.

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