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Re: Development moratorium discussion -- June 11 Council meeting

From: domainremoved <Judy>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 11:32:17 -0700

Dear Betsy and fellow councilwoman and Vice Mayor Taylor,

I am unable to attend the meeting, but I strongly support the moratorium
that you have proposed. We need to immediately address the housing/jobs
imbalance and the lack of low-income workforce housing in Menlo Park and
other peninsula cities that is draining what diversity we may still have.
"Working poor," teachers, seniors on fixed income, young families, our City
workforce and workers at local businesses cannot afford to live in Menlo
Park, and high-cost housing is not the answer to this important economic -
and moral/ethical - disparity. I wish I could be there to speak and hear
the Council and citizens hash out the issues, especially since SB50 has not
passed, but still may have life in it. Cities have had ample time to
address these issues but NIMBY responses, to keep the "character" of
peninsula cities, increasingly elite and unaffordable, need to embrace a
diverse community. The debate is critical, and a well-crafted moratorium
and plan is what we need.

Judy Adams
homeowner 737 Live Oak Ave.
Menlo Park

On Sat, Jun 8, 2019 at 8:21 PM Betsy Nash <betsynashcouncil_at_(domainremoved)

> Hi Neighbors,
> On Tuesday June 11th the City Council will be considering 1) a citywide
> nonresidential development moratorium and 2) a broader development
> moratorium for the Bayside neighborhood – more details can be found in the staff
> report
> <https://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/21810/E1-20190611-Moratorium-CC>.
> Please consider attending and participating, and please send your thoughts
> on the proposal to *city.council_at_(domainremoved)
> <city.council_at_(domainremoved)
> Menlo Park residents directly is crucially important for the Council – we
> work for you.
> In 2012 and 2016 Menlo Park adopted specific development caps for portions
> of the city that were supposed to cover development for more than 20 years.
> In the past few years, we have experienced a boom in office development
> and worsening traffic, jobs-housing imbalances, and quality of life. Now
> is an appropriate time to ask how much of our development caps have already
> been used up with projects built or in the pipeline, understand their
> traffic and other impacts, and set ourselves up to make better decisions
> about mitigating the impacts of current and future development. Temporary
> development moratoriums (nonresidential citywide and more comprehensive in
> Bayside) give us a chance to pause and assess our situation and possible
> policy responses.
> I look forward to your input and a robust City Council discussion this
> Tuesday June 11th at 7pm in City Council Chambers (701 Laurel Street).
> Please forward this email widely and encourage others to share their views
> on *city.council_at_(domainremoved)
> meeting.
> Note Tuesday’s meeting is intended to provide direction to the City
> Attorney on whether or not to draft moratorium ordinances for the City
> Council’s consideration at a future meeting, and if such direction is
> provided, what should be considered for inclusion in the proposed
> ordinances. We need a 4/5 vote to proceed with this proposal, so your
> support is crucial.
> Many thanks,
> Betsy
> Menlo Park City Councilmember
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Received on Wed Jun 12 2019 - 09:05:13 PDT

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