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Re: Agenda I2 - Willow Village EIR

From: domainremoved <Karen>
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2019 00:28:39 +0000

Dear City Councilmembers,

I strongly support the points Adina makes in her letter below. Now is the time to use your power to ensure that one or more options for Willow Village that help - or at least do not worsen - the job/housing imbalance is studied as part of the EIR.

-Karen Grove
Menlo Park resident





    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
    process.
    
    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
    
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Received on Tue Aug 20 2019 - 17:21:32 PDT

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