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Re: Palo Alto Sustainable Communities Strategy and Regional Housing Needs Allocation:

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  • steveraneyc21
    From: Steve Raney Sent: Monday, February 20, 2012 3:43 PM To: city.council@cityofpaloalto.org Subject: Feb 21 agenda item #16, Sustainable Communities
    Message 1 of 4 , Feb 20, 2012
      From: Steve Raney
      Sent: Monday, February 20, 2012 3:43 PM
      To: 'city.council@...'
      Subject: Feb 21 agenda item #16, Sustainable Communities Strategy

      Dear City Council,

      In a world without innovation, Planning Director Williams' recent quote in the Weekly is accurate: "We're probably going to make the point that doing all this heavy concentration is a burden to cities like Palo Alto and it's unrealistic," Williams said. "At the same time, the increment of improvement in greenhouse-gas emissions isn't that significant and that perhaps it would be better to leave some flexibility for the cities to do something else to reduce greenhouse gases."

      With innovation, such as that imposed by Palo Alto on Stanford's growth, Palo Alto can reduce regional GHG well beyond "incremental." With innovation, City and PAUSD budgets can balance.

      From: Steve Raney
      Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2011 4:45 PM
      To: city.council@...
      Subject: To add 12,000 homes by 2035, do like Stanford

      Re July 18 Council agenda Item #16: SB 375 SCS IVS / RHNA

      Dear City Council,

      Adding 12,000 new Palo Alto homes in 2014-2035 planning period will improve Palo Alto and the Bay Area, provided Palo Alto imposes a "no new net trips policy." Under such a policy, EXISTING residents, visitors, and workers would be subjected to the same strong, effective auto trip reduction policies that Palo Alto has demanded of Stanford over the years. Planning for "low-kid" housing will strengthen PAUSD finances.

      I am concerned that Palo Alto has not shown a good faith effort in updating the 2007-14 Housing Element / General Plan to comply with the Association of Bay Area Governments (Palo Alto is a member city) Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). RHNA is a regional smart growth policy designed to minimize GHG and other externalities. I fear that Jerry Brown will shame Council and Palo Alto, as he did Pleasanton when he was Attorney General. Brown's argument against Palo Alto's RHNA approach will be that Palo Alto is "anti-climate."

      If Palo Alto is unwilling to innovate for smart growth and traffic reduction like Stanford, then Planning Director Williams is correct in saying that 12,000 new homes is unrealistic.

      Best wishes for attaining Council's high priority climate protection goal while not causing a voter revolt,

      See also: http://www.cities21.org/cms/index.php?page=advice – Advice to Council on Housing Element Update

      --- In ALPA_Forum@yahoogroups.com, Irvin Dawid <irvindawid@...> wrote:
      > from Planning Director Curtis Williams' Planning and Transportation Issues
      > of Interest:
      > Sustainable Communities Strategy and Regional Housing Needs Allocation:
      > > On February 21, 2012, the City Council will discuss the latest status
      > > 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. .....
      > > see attachment.
      > Irvin Dawid
      > 753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA 94301
      > 650-283-6534 (cell)
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