The Great Communities Collaborative Public Lands Working Group has met since 2016 to shape public land policies and practices in the Bay Area. The Group recently submitted a set of recommendations about what CASA can do to ensure that public lands are part of the solution to housing affordability in the Bay Area. CASA – the committee to house the Bay Area – hopes to advance a package of solutions to address housing affordability. The Public Land Group made recommendation on incentives, capacity building, and increased accountability regarding public lands that can help achieve that goal.
The GCC Public Land Working Group coordinates amongst advocates working across the 9-county Bay Area to advance the use of public lands for public good. The group shares information, develops shared strategies for campaigns and advocacy, informs regional and state policy, and ensures the implementation of the state Surplus Land Act.
In December, the Public Land Working Group introduced recommendations related to Prioritizing Publicly-Owned Lands As A Critical Resource For Affordable Housing to the CASA process.
CASA is an 18 month initiative that brings together leads from across the Bay Area to build an actionable political consensus around increasing housing production at all levels of affordability, preserving existing affordable housing and protecting vulnerable populations from housing instability and displacement.