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Fwd: General Plan--Traffic Mitigations

From: domainremoved <Wendy>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:57:57 -0800

Dear Menlo Park City Council,

I've been tracking the General Plan process for some time now,
particularly the proposed FaceBook and Connect Menlo developments
impacting neighborhoods along Bay Rd, and beyond. I sincerely hope the
City will further improve the General Plan to better address Menlo
Park's worsening traffic issues.

I'm a resident of the Flood Triangle neighborhood. In the last several
years, we have experienced a crippling increase in traffic on and around
Bay Rd. Every weekday morning, there are 45-60 cars backed up on Bay at
the 5-way Ringwood/Bay intersection. Every weekday afternoon, from ~4pm
on, it can take 15-25 minutes to negotiate the roughly half mile
between my home off Bay Rd and the 101S/Willow interchange.

This is our current weekday reality, and the development allowed under
the current General Plan has not yet begun in earnest.

Though the General Plan Update includes some traffic mitigations, I
don't believe the proposed mitigations will adequately address the
traffic issues that will be caused, or worsened by further M-2 and
Connect Menlo development. Without significant traffic mitigation, I
fear for the future of neighborhoods along Bay Rd, but also for Menlo
Park and surrounding communities in general.

  I understand from Nikki Nagaya and Angela Abesos that Menlo Park has a
presence in some longer-term regional transportation planning. This is a
great start, but I sincerely hope Menlo Park will not depend on those
long-term regional efforts to solve our current traffic problems -
particularly problems caused by our own local planning and development,
including additional development proposed for the M-2 area, or to
benefit the M-2 area (Connect Menlo/101 interchange).

I am a pro-smart development resident. I know Menlo Park wants to ensure
that development is done in a way that takes the needs and concerns of
all primary stakeholders into consideration - including the needs and
concerns of the residents of neighborhoods along Bay Rd.

Thank you for your consideration of our concerns.

Wendy Shindler
1009 Almanor Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Received on Tue Nov 29 2016 - 12:02:57 PST

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