I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was for me, with a lot to be grateful for; health, home, family and friendships!
This coming week, the City brings upon us a few pretty large studies, as follows:
Monday, 11-28-2016 City Council meeting - discussion of the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Framework, Principles & Guidelines and review of the Draft Land Use & Community Design Element of the Comprehensive Plan Update Recommended by the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
- ~ 5:35pm S/CAP Staff report http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/54865
- ~ 7:45pm Comprehensive Plan update by the CAC of the Land Use element staff report http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/54761
At this meeting, the following is at stake:
- The current 50 foot height limit for buildings.
- Fry's site and South El Camino Real has been identified as locations which are locations focused for development. South El Camino is from Matadero Avenue to the south Palo Alto boundary at/near the Crown Plaza Cabana Hotel.
- Office/Research and Development annual limits. This ordinance was an emergency ordinance by the Council enacted in 2014 and must be continued in order to be able to address traffic safety and congestion, lack of parking, infrastructure, school quality, natural environment and what is not counter-productive sustainability.
The Land Use element will return in January 2017 along with the Transportation element to be studied together. However, it is still necessary for you to let Council know that traffic congestion, lack of parking and parking encroachment into neighborhoods have not been addressed and the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) have not brought about a reduction in traffic.
Tuesday, 11-29-2016, 6:30-8:30pm Open House for Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bicycle Boulevard projects - Roundabouts, street stripping and signage.
Wednesday, 11-3--2016 Community Input Sought on New Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) regulations http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=3754&TargetID=268
New laws by Gov. Brown to address high housing costs and demographic changes in particular the aging population will go into effect January 2017. The concerns are to ensure that these units are not misused and turned into AirBNBs or high priced rentals which will still keep affordability an issue.
I hope you can attend one or all the meetings. If you do attend, please let me know your thoughts.