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460Fwd: Upoming Council and Planning/Transportation Commission Meetings - a) SB 375 and Housing Update and b) California Avenue Streetscape Plan

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  • Irvin Dawid
    Jan 5, 2011
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      2 important meetings next week: city council on Mon on SB 375; Planning & Transp. Commission on Weds on Cal Ave road diet - see below - times are not listed so stay tuned (Weds meeting should be 6pm, unsure about city council, could be 6pm also....)

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      From: Williams, Curtis <Curtis.Williams@...>
      Date: Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 9:54 PM

      Palo Alto Community Members,
      Happy New Year to all! My apologies for the lateness in getting the Monthly Summary out to start the year, but I do want to be sure everyone is aware of a couple of items coming up next week:
      • On Monday, January 10th, the City Council will conduct a study session regarding an "Update on Sustainable Communities Strategy (SB375) and Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Process." Staff will provide an overview of the efforts underway regionally to establish development strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and by focusing future development (through 2035) closer to transit and establishing higher density, mixed use and walkable communities throughout the Bay Area (and elsewhere in the State). This "Sustainable Communities Strategy" is intended to implement the provisions of Senate Bill 375, enacted in 2009. Staff will update the Council on the key steps upcoming this year to develop Vision Scenarios and to establish Housing Need numbers (RHNA) for the next housing cycle from 2014-2022. Staff will provide virtually the same presentation to the Planning and Transportation Commission on Wednesday, January 12th. 
      • On Wednesday, January 12th, the Planning and Transportation Commission will consider the traffic study for the California Avenue Streetscape Plan, and in particular the recommendation to approve a reconfiguration from four traffic lanes to two traffic lanes. The Commission will consider recommending to the City Council approval of a Negative Declaration for the project and establishment of a Capital Improvements Program (CIP) account for the project. The Council will hear the item on February 7th or February 14th. The project also includes a number of streetscape amenities, including benches, landscaping, bike racks, artwork, and upgrades of the plaza near the Caltrain station. These components of the project are included in the environmental review, but the design of those items will receive considerably more scrutiny in community meetings and reviews by the Architectural Review Board, Planning and Transportation Commission, and City Council over the course of the spring and summer of 2011. 
      Please let staff know if you have questions about these items. We'll get the Monthly Summary out by the first of next week.
      Curtis S. Williams, AICP, Director
      City of Palo Alto
      Department of Planning and Community Environment
      (650) 329-2321


      Irvin Dawid
      753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA  94301
      650-283-6534 (cell)