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Planning Commission Session 09/26/2016

From: domainremoved <Martin>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:27:14 +0000 (UTC)

Martin Lamarque
1139 Carlton Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025

To the members of the Menlo Park Planning Commission
 Re. Facebook Environmental Impacts Report
As the regional and national conversation regarding unmitigated growth is finally taking root, I am hoping that you will see the need to promote a bigger vision for our city.

This EIR fails to take into account the need for more schools, public services and green areas that will be demanded by the amount of population it plans to add. The new expenditures that will be needed for schools, and city, police and firefighting services (expenditures that once created are here to stay forever), have hardly been mentioned, much less discussed.

The EIR that today you are here to consider, is full inaccuracies, voids, and unanswered questions.
It is based on the old General Plan, in spite of the fact that it would have made more sense to wait for the new General Plan to come out, and make decisions according to the needs and realities of our
city with a complete view of our situation.

Menlo Park’s position in the Peninsula is unique in its challenges for traffic circulation, and the proposed growth only makes those challenges even greater. Please do not corner our citizenry into a situation from which there will never be a way out.

Most neighborhoods are already being impacted by cut-through traffic, some to a greater extent than others, and adding to the problem is neither wise nor sensible.

I realize there is a lot of pressure being applied by big interests, and the lack of enough staff to give these EIR’s the analysis and discussion they merit.

I beg you to please take into account the comments and inquiries submitted in regards to this EIR, and to not move forward until enough clarity has been achieved. The silence with which such inquiries and concerns have been replied to is very concerning, and not what the citizens of Menlo Park deserve.

 Martin Lamarque

cc. Menlo Park City Council
Received on Mon Sep 26 2016 - 08:34:22 PDT

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