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Agenda I2 - Willow Village EIR

From: domainremoved <Adina>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:20:45 -0700

Honorable Council Members,

Given the City Council comments at the multiple Council study sessions
this year, the scope of the proposed Willow Village project EIR seems
at odds with concerns raised by the Council.

In the various study sessions regarding Willow Village in specific and
other issues relating to land use and transportation in the city,
multiple Council Members identified the increasing jobs/housing
imbalance as a significant concern with the current proposal. As
currently proposed, the project would add up to 9000 jobs (up to 6,000
net new jobs on the site), and up to 1700 homes. The number of
housing units has been increased from an earlier proposal for up to
1500 homes. However, the amount of jobs hosted by the commercial space
is still multiple times greater than the number of homes proposed.

Many thanks to the Council for raising the growing imbalance as a
concern. The new jobs would be over and above the ~10,000-15,000 jobs
that Facebook has already brought to Menlo Park, corresponding to less
than 2,000 new homes added in the Bayfront/Belle Haven area.

The large and increasing imbalance is driving substantial
displacement, since higher-paid new workers who wish to live near
their jobs have the ability to outbid previous residents.
Responses to Council questions indicated that it would be logically
possible to reallocate the nearly 60 acre site to accommodate more
homes and fewer jobs. The changes made to the proposal to date still
leave a large imbalance, not only for the project, but for the area
and the city.

The Council, as the decision-making body for the EIR, would have the
power to approve a development that was *smaller* than the projects
studied in the EIR. But the Council couldn't come back and ask for
space to be reallocated between office and housing. The creation of
significantly different options would need to happen before the EIR

Therefore, I would urge the city council to discuss whether the
project's overall balance is in line with the Council's goals, and if
not, to recommend changes that would better reflect the Councils'
goals expressed in Council member comments.

Thank you for your consideration.

- Adina
Adina Levin
Menlo Park Resident
Received on Tue Aug 20 2019 - 14:13:52 PDT

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