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Support for ConnectMenlo - a smart plan for our city's future

From: domainremoved <Diane>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:39:57 +0000

Dear Council Members,

We have followed the ConnectMenlo General Plan and Zoning update (the Plan) process for many months, and strongly support this Plan as an important means to further the sustainability, livability and economic vitality of Menlo Park. As an independent nonprofit organization, Menlo Spark is working with businesses, residents, and government partners towards a climate neutral Menlo Park by 2025. We strongly support the City of Menlo Park's Climate Action Plan Goals, as well as the substantial growth and sustainability improvements envisioned by this Plan.

The social and economic vitality of Menlo Park and the region as a whole are inextricably linked to a healthy environment. The proposed Plan and updated Zoning present extraordinary vision, measures, and standards to create more sustainable buildings, mobility and land use patterns. These will result in much lower carbon (or GHG) intensities than the status quo. The green building and clean energy standards combined with a concerted shift from driving alone to walking, biking and public transit, will reduce GHG emissions per "service unit" by more than 20 percent.

Congestion and mobility improvements have been prominent concerns shared by most stakeholders. The approach in the proposed Plan addresses these traffic issues in a smart way by initiating an update to the Transportation Impact Analysis Guidelines together with a Transportation Master Plan in 2017.

ConnectMenlo opens the door to thousands of units of badly needed housing by changes to zoning codes. This new housing will help cut down traffic by allowing many more people to live closer to where they work. Without the updated Plan and zoning, the additional housing cannot be built, placing even greater displacement pressure on existing housing. The local housing needs create an urgency for adoption of the Plan as soon as possible.

ConnectMenlo can be a win-win for the environment, livability, convenience, transit, housing, and our economy. Menlo Park can transform over the next 25 years into a model city full of life, community, vitality, and character. Thank you for considering our comments.

Sincerely,
Diane Bailey

Diane Bailey | Executive Director
MENLO SPARK
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Received on Tue Nov 15 2016 - 00:44:46 PST

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