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EIR for gpu and ZOA

From: domainremoved <Patti>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:14:15 -0800

Dear City Council,
One of the resolutions you are being asked to make about the General Plan
Update and Zoning Ordinance Amendment is *"“Having balanced the economic,
legal, social, technological or other benefits of the Project, including
region-wide or statewide environmental benefits, against its significant
and unavoidable environmental impacts, the City finds that the Project
benefits outweigh its unavoidable adverse environmental effects, and that
the adverse environmental effects are therefore acceptable.”*

This is a big decision. The EIR demonstrates that the potential impacts on
our community are very significant, especially related to increased
traffic. As a reminder of those "significant and unavoidable" impacts, see
the Attachment that highlights them with excerpts from the Final EIR.

Some of the impacts are not entirely "unavoidable". Green and sustainable
building standards could be implemented citywide. More infrastructure
planning could occur to alleviate horrific traffic congestion.
Non-residential growth could be phased to follow growth of housing that
helps meet current underserved demand before more demand from more jobs
makes the local shortage worse. . There is another Alternative that the EIR
deemed "environmentally superior".

So, instead of approving the Project, you should instead consider approving
a Reduced Non-Residential Alternative. Such an Alternative was studied in
the Financial Impact Analysis and could provide similar financial benefits
and fewer negative impacts. This Alternative's non-residential growth
should be phased so that more growth is allowed only when more housing is
That is the best way to manage growth with the fewest negative impacts on
our community, whether traffic congestion or housing shortage.

Respectfully submitted,
Patti Fry
Menlo Park resident and former Planning Commissioner

Received on Tue Nov 29 2016 - 17:18:42 PST

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