The CEQA process already includes extensive study of traffic impacts for any new dense development. As new businesses emerge in Alameda, many employees have no choice but to commute into Alameda, contributing to significant rush hour traffic. Article 26 actually limits the ability of the City Council to approve housing near transit or near where people actually work.
Indeed, since 1973, the year Article 26 was passed, no new mixed-use buildings with ground floor commercial space have been constructed on the transit-rich Park Street or Webster Street corridors, despite the General Plan supporting this type of development. This is a wasted opportunity for our city to construct affordable housing in locations that make it possible to have a lifestyle that is less dependent on cars.