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Support for Proposed Moratorium

From: domainremoved <Pamela>
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 11:28:29 -0700

Mayor Mueller, Mayor Pro Tem Taylor, Council members Nash, Combs and
Carlton, and Staff,

Thank-you for bringing to light the obvious need for a city-wide moratorium
on development. This “pause” in full build-out as outlined in the Downtown
Specific Plan and ConnectMenlo in Districts *1*, *3* and *4* is our
opportunity to address what is in the best interest of all residents of
Menlo Park. It is illogical to continue development without adequately
assessing where we are today and what brought us to this point.

Significant negative impacts on air quality, traffic, housing, education,
and retail.

1. To date there has been no monitoring of air quality for the
residential areas of District 1.

2. Traffic calming and mitigation has not been fully implemented and
accessed for current residents residing in District 1.

3. Traffic mitigation for proposed new residential development cannot
be properly accessed until traffic due to current construction has been

4. No housing displacement study from 2011 to 2019 that includes
foreclosures, past and current ownership, apartment occupancy, all
vacancies, and owner-occupied single-family homes.

5. Of the current housing developments (777 Hamilton, 3639 and 3645
Haven Street) a total of 734 units, only 37 units are deed restricted
affordable. An additional 22 units are subsidized for teachers.

6. The attendance area for proposed M2 residential development appears
to be in the Redwood City School District. If correct, what effect will
this have on children attempting to access schools?

7. Retail is currently proposed in the Facebook Willow Village project
is an area difficult to access by current District 1 residents. Proposed
future residential development in District1 fails to address the ability to
access public schools and proposed retail.

There must be an appropriate update of the Lead Agency’s compliance to 2019
CEQA Statute and Guidelines.
http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/docs/2018_CEQA_Statutes_and_Guidelines.pdf and
City of Menlo Park link
https://www.menlopark.org/1012/Environmental-Impact-Report. The Council and
Planning Commission must have updated information on CEQA and direct staff
and consultants to follow current guidelines for all current and future
EIRs. In addition, the scoping, draft and final EIR process must involve
deep civic engagement.

*ConnectMenlo* and the *Facebook Campus Expansion* projects were integrated
and appeared to address business concerns rather than quality of life
All issues effecting residents today were mitigated or not considered
significant effects on the environment.

The proposed *Bayfront Community Facilities District* has not been
explained to the public, nor has there been significant public engagement.

The *Branch Library Conceptual Designs Options, Site Analyses and
Preliminary Cost Estimates RFP *includes the language “Analyze and evaluate
multiple possible site options within the identified Project area. City
staff will coordinate with the Consultant to scan and identify sites
currently owned by the City, sites currently owned by other public
agencies, vacant sites that could be acquired by the City, and/or new
development projects that have a substantial community benefit requirement,
among other possible options.” Although requested orally and in writing
all City owned properties and possible sites has not been made available to
the public.

The Facebook Willow Village (FWV) project includes a “possible” library,
parks, community center, and “maybe” senior center. This information was
presented in several FWV meetings prior to the release of draft Parks and
Recreation Master Plan.

Attached are several documents created using information found on the City

I hope this information will be useful to your overall discuss on
proceeding with imposing a moratorium.


Pamela D. Jones, Menlo Park Resident

*The impossible dissipates when **I* *becomes **WE**. *

Received on Tue Jun 11 2019 - 11:23:25 PDT

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