A measure to build up to 2,200 housing units and 7 million square feet of commercial space on a contaminated former railyard and landfill site in Brisbane looks likely to pass.
Approximately 55 percent of Brisbane residents had voted in favor of Measure JJ by 1 a.m. Wednesday. Speaking at 9 a.m., the San Mateo County Registrar's Office said roughly one-third of the votes still needed to be counted.
The measure came about after state officials, including state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, pressured Brisbane's City Council to do something to alleviate the regional housing crunch by proposing draft legislation that would have put the state, rather than the city, in charge of developing the 680-acre Baylands site. That legislation was withdrawn after Measure JJ appeared on the ballot.
Proponents of the measure want to keep control of the development of the Baylands site in the hands of the city to prevent state intervention and the building of even more housing units.
"The state Legislature drafted a bill that would have put forth a program that would have gutted local control from Brisbane," said Brisbane City Councilman Clifford Lentz in a phone interview. "It is very likely that some form of legislation would have been crafted and signed into law that would have been very detrimental to Brisbane's ability to determine the final destiny of that site."