Ashton at Dublin Station

On January 9, 2018, CaRLA gave testimony at a meeting of the Dublin City Council describing in detail the ways that a denial of 220 homes at Dublin BART would bring about a lawsuit against the city. Having heard this and given it consideration, Mayor Haubert said into the public record  that the city should “take our chances with a lawsuit”.

Ashton at Dublin Station has a long history, starting out in 2002 with the East Dublin Specific Plan’s approval. It took nearly 20 years, but the city finally voted to deny the project. In the process they transgressed so much more than just the Housing Accountability Act; the developer of the project filed separately with numerous claims of discrimination against protected classes in their public testimony. Not only are they violating the HAA, they’re violating the Fair Housing Act, a 15 year old development agreement, the equal protection clause of the US Constitution, the Fair Housing and Employment Act, and others.

This project is also CaRLA’s first affordable housing project. Ashton at Dublin Station includes 33 affordable homes, for 15% of the total project, as is required by Dublin’s zoning for the site. Affordable housing is a rare bird in suburban communities, and CaRLA is proud to be supporting this. When non-profit developers of affordable housing have razor thin margins and tight funding deadlines, any kind of delay or hiccup in the approval process could spell disaster. Combined with low density zoning that effectively outlaws new apartment buildings, it is almost impossible to propose an affordable housing project in an exclusionary suburb and see it to completion.

CaRLA’s lawsuit against the City of Dublin sends a strong signal to other cities and affordable housing developers: Cities like Dublin must follow their own rules, or expect consequences. We are working to restore a legal environment in which California builds housing equal to its needs. Part of that work is filing lawsuits such as this, and our previous cases in suburban towns avoiding their responsibilities to provide the human right to housing such as Sausalito, San Mateo, and Berkeley.

Timeline

  • December 2002 – Ashton at Dublin Station incorporated into the Eastern Dublin Specific Plan, including approval of an EIR.
  • May 2003 – Master Development Agreement approved.
  • November 14, 2017 – Dublin Planning Commission recommends final approval of Ashton at Dublin Station.
  • December 5, 2018 – City Council hearing on Ashton at Dublin Station, resulting in a vote to return with a resolution of denial
  • January 9, 2018 – City Council gets cold feet after being told about the HAA, has another hearing and asks staff to return with a resolution of approval.
  • February 20, 2018 – Dublin City Council has another hearing, asks staff to return with resolution of denial
  • March 6, 2018 – Dublin City Council votes to deny the project
  • May 24, 2018 – The developer files suit, claiming violations of the HAA, and Federal Fair Housing Act.
  • June 4, 2018 – CaRLA files suit.

Status: Litigation in progress

Filings and Letters

DateKindAuthorTitleSummary
June 5, 2018PetitionCaRLAPetition

Petition to approve 220 homes at Ashton at Dublin Station

2018-06-05 09:29:35
June 4, 2018Petition for Writ of MandateAshton at Dublin StationDeveloper’s Petition for Write of Mandate

Timeline Press Status: Filings and Letters DateKindAuthorTitleSummary Last modified

2018-06-04 16:42:19

Last modified 2018-06-05 08:24