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4.21.16 GPAC meeting / Feedback on Green and sustainable building - draft zoning language

From: Andrew Barnes <"Andrew>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:39:52 -0700

RE: 4.21.16 GPAC meeting / Feedback on Green and sustainable building -
draft zoning language


I'm a Menlo Park resident who participates in pro-vibrancy resident groups
and is a strong supporter of the "live-work-play" planning vision for our
community. I'm also a commissioner on Environmental Quality Commission
(EQC), and a member of the EQC's GPAC subcommittee.


I'm commenting as an individual, and not speaking on behalf of the EQC or
its subcommittee.

My comments stem from being an engaged resident who has participated in the
general plan update process for the last 18 months.


I'd like to address the <http://menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/10050>
Table of Comments on Draft Zoning, Section 16.xxx.130, Green and sustainable
building comments #236 to #309. These are a subject of tonight's GPAC


On balance, I support the staff responses contained in the Table of Comments
(#236 to #309). In my view the staff responses represent the following:

* deletion of language where obvious and needed

* thoughtful compromises to suggested revisions

* preserving language that is in alignment with community goals


There will inevitably be some need for further revisions, but the core of
what the community has been talking about, and advocating for, is well
reflected in the responses to comments.


I also suspect that different viewpoints will express levels of
dissatisfaction. i.e. those with more progressive views on sustainability,
or those of the project owners and stakeholders working with the economics.
But from my point of view the middle ground is well represented.


This is good for Menlo Park. This represents the community that we are now,
and the leadership role that residents want the city to take going forward.


Best, Andrew Barnes

Received on Thu Apr 21 2016 - 15:46:00 PDT

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