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Re: General Plan--Traffic Mitigations

From: Heineck, Arlinda A <"Heineck,>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:55:08 +0000

Nikki: I am pretty sure her letter was in the packet of letters provided to the Council on Tuesday night. Vanh is verifying. Since her email is more directly to you, you may want to be the one to respond, but I am also happy to do it. I will let you know when I get confirmation from Vanh. Linda
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From: Wendy Shindler <wcs_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Thursday, December 1, 2016 3:39 PM
To: Wendy Shindler
Cc: _CCIN; Nagaya, Nicole H; Obeso, Angela R
Subject: Re: General Plan--Traffic Mitigations

Dear all,
Is my feedback part of the official record? I can't tell because none of you acknowledged my input... accept for Ray sending me a link to his editorial.
Thank you
Wendy Shindler

> On Nov 29, 2016, at 3:07 PM, Wendy Shindler <wcs_at_(domainremoved)
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> Oh dear! I accidentally deleted one of the paragraphs from my email. Please use revised email below!
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> Best, Wendy
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>> On 11/29/16 11:57 AM, Wendy Shindler wrote:
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>> Dear Menlo Park City Council,
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> This is our current weekday reality, and the development allowed under the current General Plan has not yet begun in earnest.
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>> 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.
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>> 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, or state, or federal efforts to solve our current traffic problems - particularly problems caused by our own local planning and development over the years, and including additional development proposed for the M-2 area, or to benefit the M-2 area (Connect Menlo/101 interchange).
> I urge you to revise the General Plan update to LINK plans for implementing specific, actionable, measurable traffic improvement and mitigation goals to development PRIOR to approving said development. In this case, commit to making improvements and mitigations prior to approving the addition of thousands of square feet of new office space to the the M-2 area and other areas covered in the Menlo Park General Plan.
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>> I am a pro-smart development resident. I am optimistic that our City staff, Council members, Board and Commission members will take a leadership role in driving smart development locally, regionally and at the state and federal levels -- smart development 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 and well beyond.
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>> Thank you for your consideration of our concerns.
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>> Respectfully,
>> Wendy Shindler
>> 1009 Almanor Ave
>> Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Received on Thu Dec 01 2016 - 15:59:26 PST

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