Build Housing, Save the Planet

Humboldt County Board of Supervisors and City Councilmembers

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Humboldt County is in a housing crisis. We are also in a climate crisis. In Humboldt County, 54% of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. Building more housing close to jobs, services and retail will allow us to lower emissions by driving less and using mass transit and active transportation more. This approach can not only improve our quality of life but also work towards protecting our communities from sea level rise and wildfire.


To: Humboldt County Board of Supervisors and City Councilmembers
From: [Your Name]

​California is in a housing crisis. Humboldt County, like the rest of the state, is affected by high housing costs and a shortage of new housing development. There is simply not enough housing to meet the need at any income level.

We are also in a climate crisis. In Humboldt County, 54% of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. Building more housing close to jobs, services and retail will allow us to lower emissions by driving less and using mass transit and active transportation more. This approach can not only improve our quality of life but also work towards protecting our communities from sea level rise and wildfire.

We call on the leaders of Humboldt County and its seven incorporated cities to develop more housing as quickly as possible in our existing pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented neighborhoods. This includes dense, walkable housing development in the future McKinleyville Town Center, in downtown Arcata and the Gateway District, and on parking lots in downtown Eureka. We call on our leaders to adopt new policies which encourage this kind of development, and get rid of policies which get in the way. We call on our leaders to build up, not out, to create safer, more attractive, more people-friendly, more climate-conscious, and more affordable communities for everybody who lives here.