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Re: Input from Flood Triangle resident on the FB EIR & Connect Menlo/General Plan

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 07:21:53 +0000

Hello,

We will start work on the Transportation Management Plan this year. We
still need to pick a consultant. We will consider different grade
separation options for Ravenswood this month.

Best regards,

Kirsten

On Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 1:41 PM Clothes-Wise <wcs_at_(domainremoved)

> Dear all,
> Please point me to your traffic management plan and your plan to fix the
> Ravenswood crossing.
>
> Thank you
> Wendy Shindler
>
> On Dec 1, 2016, at 4:36 PM, Kirsten Keith <kkeith_at_(domainremoved)
>
> Hi Wendy,
>
> Thank you for your email. I understand your concerns. We will begin
> preparing a Transportation Management Plan early next year.
>
> Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Kirsten
>
> On Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM Wendy Shindler <wcs_at_(domainremoved)
> wrote:
>
>
> Dear Planning, transportation and City Council,
>
> Many of us feel that the City, the Commissions, FB and other deciders
> (like Atherton) are not aware of the impact of these two EIRs on the
> thousands of residents and neighbors living along or near Bay Rd and Van
> Buran from Willow to Marsh, so yes, my comments get testy at times. Sorry.
>
> Development is a fact of life and I'm fine with it...as long as it's well
> planned. I think for some involved, these are a bunch of unrelated,
> proposed projects and ideas that may or may not come to fruition. For those
> of us on the receiving end, we are getting hit from all sides and being
> told that the hit in 10-19 cases will be both significant and not
> mitigate-able.
>
> Swap places with us for a moment. If it were your neighborhood, would you
> accept this kind position from your government? Significant and not
> mitigate-able? Perhaps some of those 10-19 areas need further study and
> analysis.
>
> Those of us most directly and significantly impacted? We look to you, our
> City government, to have our backs.
>
> Please don't let us down.
>
> Thank you.
> Wendy Shindler
>
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject: Re: Input from Flood Triangle resident on the FB EIR & Connect
> Menlo/General Plan
> Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:09:04 -0700
> From: Wendy Shindler <wcs_at_(domainremoved)
> To: Wendy Shindler <wcs_at_(domainremoved)
> nhnagaya_at_(domainremoved)
> Kyle T <ktperata_at_(domainremoved)
>
> I forgot to include the General Plan Update. The two plans taken together
> make the situation particularly 'special' special for any one living off of
> or near Bay rd. See below.
>
>
> Thank you,
>
> Wendy
>
> On 7/11/16 4:53 PM, Wendy Shindler wrote:
>
> Greetings
>
> Ms. Carlton, Ms. Chow, Ms. Nagaya, Mr. Perata, , MP City Council, MP Transportation and Development departments, MP Transportation and Developments Commissions, Town of Atherton (All involved in developing the FB EIR and the Connect Menlo/General Plan update.
>
> I'm a resident of the Flood Triangle neighborhood/Almanor Avenue.
> My comments are based on review of the two EIRs.
>
>
> Background:
>
> General plan update:
>
> The general plan update would affect future land use in the M-2 area,
> located east of U.S. 101 and roughly bounded by Redwood City, the Bay and
> East Palo Alto.
>
> Proposed general plan changes would allow up to 4,500 more housing units,
> 2.3 million more square feet of nonresidential space, and 400 more hotel
> rooms in the M-2 area. Those changes could increase the number of employees
> by 5,500.
>
> FB EIR:
>
> "An environmental review says that Facebook's plan to build three
> 75-foot-tall buildings, adding 962,400 square feet at two proposed office
> buildings and 174,800 square feet at a 200-room hotel, plus 3,533 parking
> spots, could have some impacts determined to be "significant and
> unavoidable."
> The new buildings would be constructed at the current 58-acre TE
> Connectivity location – bounded roughly by Constitution Drive, Chilco
> Street and Bayfront Expressway – after what's currently there is
> demolished. Compared with what exists there now, the new development would
> add 121,300 square feet of space.
>
> The new office buildings, combined, could accommodate about 6,400
> employees, the report said. The hotel would likely employ about 150 people.
> All three buildings are estimated to generate about 6,550 employees.
>
>
> *Comments:*
>
>
> *0. To mitigate traffic impacts, Facebook would set a trip cap and
> establish a transportation demand management program. *
>
> Forgive me for doubting that FB's mitigation will help the residents along
> Bay and in the Willows. It will not. Whether or not they created the
> problem, they are at fault for making it far, far worse. What exactly will
> the trip cap do to improve the situation - please quantify? What else is
> FB studying to address this? In what ways will they adjust their project to
> lessen the impact on residents?
>
>
> *1. In the near term, a cursory count showed the project could have 10
> areas of "significant and unavoidable impact," related to traffic, and 19
> by 2040.*
>
> I grew up on the East Coast in an urban town abutted on three sides by
> Boston. There is no such thing as "significant and unavoidable impact."
> There is significant impact to EPA and EMP, and there is also significant
> impacts to neighborhoods West of 101 - including the thousands of us who
> live along Bay Rd and Van Buren. Exactly what makes it unavoidable i these
> 10, soon to be 19 areas? When we know that, we know what pieces of the FB
> and Connect Menlo projects need further study and analysis.
>
> 2. No study was done of the Bay Rd / Ringwood intersection - five feeder
> roads and stop signs.
>
> This EIR can't be considered complete unless it includes a study of this
> dangerous intersection during peek traffic hours when school is back in
> session.
>
> In the morning this intersection is clogged by rush-hour work traffic,
> school drop off traffic, kids and adults biking and walking to the high
> school and the two elementary schools. The only way to get to Hillview or
> the high school from Bay is to go through Lindenwood Ringwood entrance. If
> you try to get through on any of the other public streets, you're trapped
> (Bay, Ringwood, Middlefield, Ravenswood.).
>
> 3. "No thru Traffic" signs in Menlo and the Lindenwood neighborhood, and
> 'reduced speed' signs in Lindenwood from 25 to 15. This is no way to treat
> your neighbors. We are not non-local thru traffic we are neighborhood
> traffic trying to make the best of a bad situation - which is about to get
> considerably worse. All the local residents need mitigation from problems
> that will be greatly worsened by more kids at our schools - due to new
> employees moving in (not just into EPA and EMP - but all of the area
> cities.) and lack of proper east west routes for those who must drive
> across the city for school pick up and drop off.
>
>
> 3a. Different, but related, how will you manage further spillover when
> Marsh is reopened?
>
>
> 4. Net. Net. Although the the various projects hit different parts of Bay
> rd and nearby streets - they do not look at the area wholistically using
> scope to as the reason. the overall effect is to make Bay road all but
> impassible at peek travel time in the morning , afternoon, evening. Eacch
> of these projects needsto play well with the others. How will you make that
> happen?
>
> We need you to talk to each other and look at our area as a whole. How
> will you address the traffic flow along Bay Rd all the way from Willow to
> Marsh? The EIR's cannot be considered complete until this is studies and
> plans for mitigation are in place.
>
>
> 5. What are the plans regarding water and air issues that will certainly
> result from this development. WHere is this fully anticipated in these
> documents?
>
>
> I'm sure there are more issues, but as a working mom, this is not my main
> gig and t's the best I can do in a pinch.
>
>
> I will attend the meeting this evening and also post these questions and
> concerns to NextDoor so that we are all on the same page. It willl also go
> to city council, and commissionas.
>
> There are many things requiring further study before the plans will be
> ready for prime time. We appreciate all of your efforts so far and look
> forward to your further consideration.
>
>
> Thank you,
>
> Wendy Shindler
>
> 1009 Almanor Ave
>
> Menlo Park
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Received on Wed Feb 01 2017 - 23:25:11 PST

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