Unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats want to place high-rise, high-density housing in the cities of Lafayette, Orinda, and Moraga, a property-rights advocate said Tuesday night (Oct. 23) in Lafayette. Ms. Heather Gass, a Bay Area realtor and supporter of private-property rights, said that traditional “horizontal sprawl” in suburbia is about to be replaced with “vertical sprawl.”
Gass said that Bay Area regional organizations like the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) want to force communities like Lafayette, Orinda, and Moraga — the three cities are collectively called Lamorinda — to construct tall buildings for low-income people.
Gass spoke at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building. Her speech was sponsored by individual citizens.
Gass said that unelected bureaucrats at MTC and ABAG want to put “stack and pack” housing in Lamorinda, transforming Lamorinda from its current housing pattern in which most residents live in single, detached family homes.
“We don’t need regional, unelected boards,” Gass said.
Gass said that communities that do not want high-rise housing are being threatened with a cut-off of money for road maintenance.
Gass was particularly critical of Ms. Amy Worth, a member of the Orinda City Council. Worth is also vice chairperson of the MTC. Worth is a supporter of the construction of subsidized, low-income housing in downtown Orinda — housing that is scheduled to be built in late 2012.
Gass criticized the MTC’s recent proposal to impose a vehicle mileage tax on Bay Area drivers.
MTC and ABAG, according to Gass, want to force drivers out of their cars and into high-rise buildings near public transit centers like BART stations.