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Subject: Stanford GUP draft EIR: SAN MATEO COUNTY (Unincorporated West Menlo) IMPACTS MUST BE CONSIDERED

From: domainremoved <Eric>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:11:54 -0800

County of Santa Clara
Department of Planning and Development
Attention: David Rader
County Government Center
70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-5779

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. Traffic could
worsen for 22 other hours of the day and no mitigation funds would be paid.

The No New Net Commute Trip standard disproportionately disadvantages
residents of West Menlo Park.

1) 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.

2) 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 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/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
bike lanes on Santa Cruz Avenue is not significant enough. Rather, the
funding of pedestrian infrastructure (new sidewalks, crosswalk signage and
striping, re-engineering the Y intersection and other more costly
improvements) and increased Marguerite shuttles are examples of real
mitigations that would make a difference in 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 elsewhere.

SMC resident
Received on Sun Nov 19 2017 - 10:16:29 PST

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