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Spectrum - July 19, 2013

In city that loves to plan, Palo Alto's creates cynicism

Awash in development proposals, city's aged planning vision takes a back-seat

Palo Alto's official and legally mandated Comprehensive Plan bills itself as "the primary tool for guiding future development of the city" that "strives to build a coherent vision of the city's future from the visions of a diverse population."

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Posted by Zayda, a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Bravo for a well written editorial. I won't repost the comment I made about broken promises to the excellent accompanying article by Gennady Sheyner. It's there for all to read. I will only quote the philosopher George Santanya who said "He who does not remember history is doomed to repeat it". Think 1967. It's happened before. It can happen again.

Posted by Dan, a resident of Southgate
on Jul 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I'm thrilled that "Jim Keene committed to having an independent economic analysis completed for every PC application that quantified the value to the developer and the value of the proposed public benefits." I've been wondering why we don't do that. I've always had the feeling that developers were getting much more financial benefit than the City in these PC deals. I think PA should get at least as much benefit as the developer. I also think the applicant should pay for the cost of the study. When will we actually see one of these studies?

Posted by curmudgeon, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm

"simply paying cash to the city was deemed a public benefit"

In other words, favorable spot zoning is for sale. Isn't there a word for for the act of paying to bypass the law?