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Scott Wiener's SB 827 bill issues

From: domainremoved <Coralin>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:39:52 -0800

Dear Menlo Park City Council members:

Please consider looking into Sen. Scott Wiener's SB 827 bill by 1) bringing the bill up to your council for discussion and 2) by supporting the League of Cities' opposition to the bill.
(1) SB 827 (Weiner), if passed, would mean a major loss of local zoning control and would place city planning into the hands of major developers. How can this possibly be a good thing and if it does pass won't that embolden Weiner and others to take away even more local control?
(2) SB 827 would exempt certain housing projects from locally developed and adopted height limitations, densities, parking requirements, and design review standards. SB 827 seeks to automatically increase zoning densities and building heights around major transit stops without local government control.

(3) Specifically, SB 827 would undermine locally adopted General Plans, Housing Elements (which are certified by the Department of Housing and Community Development), and Sustainable Community Strategies (SCS).
(4) SB 827 is bad planning for it allows allows private for-profit housing developers and transit agencies to determine housing densities, parking requirements, and design review standards within one-half mile of a “major transit stop,” or along a “high-quality transit corridor” which could be miles away from an actual bus stop.
(5) The bill would define a transit-rich housing project as a residential development project the parcels of which are all within a 1/2 mile radius of a major transit stop or a 1/4 mile radius of a high-quality transit corridor, as those terms are further defined.
(6) The bill would exempt a project awarded a housing opportunity bonus from various requirements, including maximum controls on residential density or floor area ratio, minimum automobile parking requirements, design standards that restrict the applicant’s ability to construct the maximum number of units consistent with any applicable building code, and maximum height limitations, as provided.This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
(7) Exempting large-scale developments from General Plans, Housing Elements, and zoning ordinances goes against the principles of local democracy and public engagement. Public hearings allow members of the community to inform their representative of their support or concerns when planning documents are developed. Public engagement also often leads to better projects. Disregarding such processes will increase public distrust in government and could lead to additional ballot measures dealing with growth management.
For these reasons, I am oppose SB 827.
SB827 text of bill: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB827
League of Cities opposition to the bill: https://www.cacities.org/Policy-Advocacy/Action-Center/SB-827-(Wiener)-Planning-and-Zoning
Thank you for reading this,
Coralin Feierbach
Former Mayor, City of Belmont CA

Received on Mon Feb 19 2018 - 13:42:41 PST

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