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  • Irvin Dawid
    Palo Alto community members interested in planning, transportation, land use, housing, livability: Here s Curtis huge list of what the planning dept has been
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 8, 2011
    Palo Alto community members interested in planning, transportation, land use, housing, livability:

    Here's Curtis' huge list of what the planning dept has been up to.
    I've copied (from website- easier to view) the two topics that have been discussed here to some extent).  I encourage you to comment if you have anything to share on those items - if you send an item you wish to highlight, please post it here as Curtis' list is REALLY long....

    1. Sustainable Communities Strategy and Regional Housing Needs Allocation: On March 14, 2011, staff provided an update regarding ongoing regional planning initiatives to create a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), required by Senate Bill 375, and a Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) for the 2014-2022 planning period. The SCS is intended to provide for a sustainable land use and transportation network throughout all metropolitan regions of the state by 2035. An Initial Vision Scenario was released by the regional agencies on March 11, outlining focused areas for development to accommodate increases of 2 million people, 900,000 housing units, and 1.2 million jobs between now and 2035. A draft scenario is expected to be developed by early 2012. The Council expressed that the growth scenario for Palo Alto (about 12,000 homes) is unrealistic, and directed staff to work to develop a strategy for presenting the City’s own scenario to the regional agencies  (Why am I not surprised??. As part of the update, staff also indicated to Council that the cities of Santa Clara County have declined to form a "subregional" effort to delineate “fair share” housing needs for the City, primarily due to the lack of funding and staffing for such an effort.
    2. 355 Alma Street Planned Community (aka Shell property): On March 16, 2011, the Commission initiated Planned Community zoning for a new 5-story, 64-foot high, (breaking the height barrier - probably do a high rise next...'camel's nose under the planning tent the opponents will no doubt charge) office and residential building at the corner of Alma Street and Lytton Avenue (previously a Shell gas station), across from the University Avenue Caltrain station. The Commission provided substantial input for potential changes, including looking at greater residential and retail components, access from Lytton rather than Alma, and greater setback and pedestrian presence along Alma. The project will subsequently be reviewed by the Architectural Review Board before returning to the Commission for recommendation to the City Council.


    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Williams, Curtis

    Interested Palo Alto Community Members,
    Attached is the latest update of Planning and Transportation Division projects and activities. Please let me know if you have any questions. You can also access the report on the City's website at: 
    Curtis Williams, AICP, Director
    Department of Planning and Community Environment
    City of Palo Alto


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

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