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Concerned Citizen about Stanford Development and the Impact to Local Communities

From: Robert & Esther Dicks via Gmail <"Robert>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:17:44 -0800

County of Santa Clara

Department of Planning and Development

Attention: David Rader

County Government Center

70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110
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Phone: (408) 299-5779 <(408)%20299-5779>



Dear Mr. Rader,



I am writing to you as a concerned resident of the area of West Menlo Park
that falls under the jurisdiction of Unincorporated San Mateo County.



Upon review of the EIR for the 2018 Stanford GUP, it appears that while
Santa Clara County, the City of Palo Alto and the City of Menlo Park are
all considered key affected jurisdictions, San Mateo County has not been
given the same level of importance. The planned growth at Stanford will
have an extremely significant impact on the already terrible traffic along
the Alpine/Santa Cruz/Alameda de las Pulgas Corridor of unincorporated
Menlo Park not just during the single am and pm peak traffic hour which
currently defines the No New Net Commute Trip standard, but at all hours of
the day. Traffic could worsen throughout the day and no mitigation funds
would be paid.



The No New Net Commute Trip standard disproportionately disadvantages
residents of West Menlo Park as it is unlikely that trip reductions will
actually be occurring within West Menlo Park as there are no
significant efforts demonstrated by Stanford to reduce traffic congestion
along the Alpine/Santa Cruz/Alameda Corridor. Trip reductions that occur in
other areas may allow enough trip credits for Stanford to meet its No
New Net Commute Trip standard thus allowing negative impacts to West Menlo
Park to be ignored.



Additionally, funding of off-campus circulation infrastructure improvements
may qualify for trip credits as long as the improvements would enhance
safety or increase mobility for pedestrians, bicyclists or transit users
within the local impact area. While at face value, it seems like this
could benefit West Menlo Park, a requirement for such credits is evidence
demonstrating how the infrastructure project would remove vehicular trips
from the local impact area. Without a commitment from Stanford to redirect
vehicles away from, or off of, our congested Corridor, this will not be
possible.



It does not include additional traffic related to other Stanford
developments that disproportionately affect our Corridor. Specifically, it
does not include hospital trips (for employees and visitors) for which many
are initiated from West Menlo Park roadways feeding into West Sand Hill Rd
nor trips to other Stanford development projects along Sand Hill Road.



The EIR should guarantee that funds for transportation mitigation not be
given to distant transit hubs, rather funds should be directed to projects
that benefit the affected neighborhoods and geographic area.



In summary, it is incumbent that the EIR acknowledge the traffic congestion
that will impact nearby main roadways in San Mateo County specifically
Alpine Road, Santa Cruz Avenue and Alameda de las Pulgas. Simply painting
"keep clear" on sections of Alpine Road and bike lanes on Santa Cruz Avenue
is not significant enough and does little to alleviate traffic jams and to
make the roadways safer. Rather, the funding of pedestrian infrastructure
(new sidewalks, crosswalk signage and striping, re-engineering the Y
intersection, adding middle turning lanes on Alpine and other more costly
improvements) and increased Marguerite shuttles are examples of real
mitigations that would make a difference in the safety and the lives of
those in our part of town.



The draft EIR does not adequately represent the interests of those of us in
San Mateo County. Even though Stanford is located in Santa Clara County,
much of the traffic will be felt directly by West Menlo Park residents.



Respectfully,


Esther Dicks

2509 Alpine Road

Menlo Park, CA

650-234-9292
Received on Tue Nov 14 2017 - 22:22:54 PST

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