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March 4 meeting- BRE request

From: domainremoved <Thomas>
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:04:01 -0800

To the City Council,

My wife and I have lived in Sharon Oaks in Menlo Park more than eleven years. I am a retired administrative law judge. BRE's request to raise the permitted development area from 30% to 40% is outrageous. Ordinarily, one has to show compliance with existing law before attempting to carve out an exemption. Here BRE is already in violation-- it has 38.75 % rather than 30%-- now they want to legalize more than they already have illegally. They do not come before you with "clean hands."

Although the proposed "improvements" at this time impact only the area directly across the street from the Sharon Oaks development where we live, the proposed modification of the CDP includes a much wider area, including our home (2447 Sharon Oaks Drive.) We do not want the precedent that granting this exemption would set to require us to fight in the next application.

BRE is attempting to attract high tech workers at the social cost of displacing young families who are attracted here because of the high quality local schools. The current healthy multi-generational makeup of the property would be disrupted.

The ecological costs of increasing density-- more cars, more pollution, more driving, fewer trees-- are large.

Please reject BRE's proposal.

Very truly yours,

Thomas and Elaine J. Schneider
Received on Wed Feb 26 2014 - 12:03:34 PST

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