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Menlo Park East Palo Alto Settlement suggestion

From: domainremoved <Adina>
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2017 22:35:46 -0800

Honorable Council Members,

I am glad to see the City Council agenda item for City Council to approve a
settlement agreement between Menlo Park and East Palo Alto regarding the
Menlo Park General Plan.

https://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/16111

One minor suggestion about the transportation impact mitigations. The
proposed settlement calls for reciprocal contribution of fair share impact
fees to mitigate transportation impacts (see text below.) This is a
sensible and welcome measure.

The description of the impacts and fees uses the terms of CEQA impact
analysis that were in effect when the EIRs for Menlo Park and East Palo
Alto's General Plan updates were completed - Level of Service impacts on
intersections.

Since then, the Governor's Office of Planning and Research has very
recently issued new guidelines to assess transportation impact under CEQA,
changing the metric for CEQA impact assessment and mitigation from Level of
Service to Vehicle Miles Traveled. Jurisdictions are free to adopt VMT
metrics now (several cities already have), and the new rules are expected
to be mandatory at the beginning of 2020.
http://opr.ca.gov/ceqa/updates/guidelines/

While the EIRs and mitigations are in effect as conducted for these General
Plans, we can also expect supplemental studies to need to be done over
time. Once the city has adopted the new rules, by 2020 at the latest,
impacts and mitigations will be assessed in terms of Vehicle Miles
Travelled.

Therefore, it seems helpful to tweak the language below to refer more
generally to transportation impacts and mitigations rather than only and
specifically with regard to intersection impacts. Once impacts are
measured in terms of VMT, we'll continue to want fair share fees and
mitigations using the new rules for projects that come forward further on
during the lifetime of the plan.

Fair Share Mitigation Impact Fees.
(a) Menlo Park will require a Development Project that has a significant
impact on an intersection(s) in East Palo Alto to pay a fair share
mitigation impact fee to East Palo Alto. This fee may be used to implement
the mitigation measure(s) identified in the Development Project’s traffic
study or other mitigation measure(s) identified by East Palo Alto that will
reduce traffic impacts caused by the Development Project
.
(b) East Palo Alto will require a Development Project that has a
significant impact on an intersection(s) in Menlo Park to pay a fair share
mitigation impact fee to Menlo Park. This fee may be used to implement the
mitigation measure(s) identified in the Development Project’s traffic study
or other mitigation measure(s) identified by Menlo Park that will reduce
traffic impacts caused by the Development Project

Thank you for your consideration,

- Adina
Adina Levin
Menlo Park Resident
Received on Sun Dec 03 2017 - 22:40:32 PST

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