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Live/work/play near Google and Facebook.

From: domainremoved <Adina>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:53:11 -0700

Dear Council Members,

Thank you very much for moving forward the Environmental Impact Report
studying the creation of additional "live/work/play" environments in the
area near Facebook and Belle Haven, as part of the General Plan update.

As a member of the General Plan Advisory Committee, I was very glad to
see planning
process so far resulting in a consensus among residents, employers,
landowners, and workers in favor of a "live/work/play" mixed use
neighborhood.

On that same Tuesday evening, Mountain View City Council approved a General
Plan amendment to allow up to 1100 homes in North Bayshore, and added more
locations for housing. An upcoming planning process this summer will
consider more housing in North Bayshore, and the community design topics
regarding how to create a "live/work/play" neighborhood, very similar to
the process we have held in Menlo Park.

Like the M2 area near Facebook, the North Bayshore area, where Google is
headquartered, is an area that has been a classic single use office park.
The city is moving forward with housing and a mixed use area for many
similar reasons:

* because locating housing near jobs is expected to help alleviate traffic
impact of long-distance commuters (the MV General Plan EIR found that
adding housing would reduce traffic impact)
* because many employees these days want options to live closer to work, so
this is a recruiting advantage
* because adding housing supply to balance a major influx of jobs can help
relieve pressure on housing prices, which is driving displacement of
working families

Both of these plans require additional community participation and Council
decisions, and are not "done deals." In particular, Menlo Park will need
to look closely at the transportation impacts and opportunities of the
proposed mixed use developments. Both cities will need to look at policies
relating to housing affordability and jobs/housing fit, to relieve pressure
on existing residents and help accommodate new workers desiring less
commuting.

In summary, though, I think we are seeing a trend with traditional office
parks evolving toward "live work play" mixed use areas, and looking to add
housing near jobs to reduce commute traffic and address affordability
issues.

Thanks again for moving the ConnectMenlo process forward.

- Adina

Adina Levin
Menlo Park
Received on Thu Jun 18 2015 - 16:50:46 PDT

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