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Continued concerns with new General Plan draft Guiding Principles

From: domainremoved <Kelly>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:53:29 +0000

City Council -

Since I only received a reply from Ray to my email I sent you last week, I am resending it along with some additional comments since you are poised to adopt new Guiding Principles tonight.


You have the power to modify the document to demonstrate a clear commitment on the part of the council to protect our neighborhoods and key community values, if you choose.


Three key 1994 General Plan Principles that are not reflected in the new Guiding Principles are:



1. "Minimizes traffic congestion on city streets and limits through traffic in residential neighborhoods through sound land use planning."

2. "Maintains and enhances the residential quality of life in the city by emphasizing development which has a human scale and is pedestrian friendly."

3. "Minimizes the adverse impacts of development on the city's public facilities and services."



The new principles eliminate any mention of limiting cut through traffic in our neighborhoods. I suggest adding Principal 1 above to the Multimodal access section. I am opposed to the statement "Menlo Park neighborhoods share the benefits and impacts of local growth..." This leaves neighborhoods wide open and vulnerable to excessive neighborhood cut-through traffic and the gridlock which diminishes our quality of life. This may be what the developers want, but it is NOT what the residents want!



The new principles eliminate the concepts of the special residential quality of life we enjoy, as well as human-scale development. I suggest adding these concepts back in.



Finally, we know from the specific plan's Fiscal Impact Analysis and EIR as well as basic land use economics that large offices are a significant drain on city resources, and they worsen the rush-hour gridlock that residents abhor. Instead of limiting offices, the new Guiding Principles open the floodgates to offices with the statement, "Menlo Park embraces...development..." The word "development" should be eliminated.



As the new Guiding Principles read now, instead of protecting residents and our neighborhoods like the 1994 Principles do, the new document leaves them wide open to the negative impacts of excessive development. Please modify the document before adopting it to ensure that our neighborhoods and residential quality of life are indeed protected.



Thank you,

-- Kelly Fergusson



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From: Kelly Fergusson [kj_at_(domainremoved)

Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2014 7:06 PM

To: _CCIN; _Planning Commission

Subject: Concerns with new General Plan draft Guiding Principles



Dear City Council and Planning Commission,



Please allow more time for public input on the new proposed General Plan guiding principles. A lot of excellent community work went into the 1994 General Plan Principles, and they contain important community values and protections that are not captured in the newly-proposed General Plan Principles. For example, the 1994 Principles include the following:



"Minimizes traffic congestion on city streets and limits through traffic in residential neighborhoods through sound land use planning."



And:



"Maintains and enhances the residential quality of life in the city by emphasizing development which has a human scale and is pedestrian friendly."



And:



"Minimizes the adverse impacts of development on the city's public facilities and services."



The newly-proposed General Plan Principles do not capture these values and protections of our residential quality of life. And a single community meeting on December 18 is not sufficient for adopting new development principles that will cause such a significant change to the character of Menlo Park.



Thank you for your consideration.

-- Kelly Fergusson

    Former Mayor
Received on Tue Dec 16 2014 - 16:47:42 PST

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