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Willows/Facebook Village Environmental Impact Report -- Why the Rush?

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Tue, 14 May 2019 15:55:44 -0700

Hello Council,

Will you pull the Consent Calendar Item #19-095-CC (Environmental Impact
Report on Willows Village). This project needs to be properly vetted,
instead of zooming ahead despite valid concerns with the current scope. The
report does not include all the resident input that you've been getting. It
also shows no knowledge of Senate Bill 1000, which kicks in when a city
updates two or more elements of its General Plan. I'd like the time to
carefully supply input into the staff report.

The premises that led to Willows Village might be illegal. I believe that
calling Connect Menlo an update to MP's General Plan will be considered
illegal should the Grand Jury or Courts rule on the matter. My self-study
of the 2017 General Plan Guidelines (Chapter 2) makes me think that it was
illegal. Whatever the intent, Connect Menlo was a failure. It's Guiding
Principles have not been tracked, measured and regularly reported. A major
developer also sat on the advisory committee. There are other problems. I
ask Council to halt this project and all other Bayfront Development that
can be legally paused until the legal issues are sorted out.

   1. Allowing Willows Village stemmed from the Connect Menlo zoning. If
   Connect Menlo is illegal, the zoning for Willows Village would not happen.
   2. Residents have asked for Willows Village to be halted so that Belle
   Haven can have an Area Plan.Connect Menlo was not an area plan.

The Staff Report proposing Willows Village generated many
questions/concerns. I don't have the time to detail them before tonight's
meeting. However, I will say that I'm shocked that Willows Village is
steaming ahead, especially so soon after a study session on the topic. I
see inadequate effort to include resident feedback and to address major
concerns, such as traffic congestion.

The review of the downtown specific plan also generates questions/concerns.
Our overall planing needs to put the residents' quality of life first. The
Community Development Department needs a more resident-focused approach to
planning. I will separately forward an email I wrote on the topic.

Lynne Bramlett
Received on Tue May 14 2019 - 15:50:58 PDT

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