Truth Time: Palo Alto Rezone of Buena Vista Mobile Park Eliminates More than 90 Low-Income Housing Units
Original post made by Timothy Gray, Charleston Meadows, on Sep 4, 2013
How can Palo Alto Vote eliminate more than 90 low-income housing units by rezoning the Buena Vista Mobile Park over the protest of the residents? and...
... just five blocks away on Maybell, the City Council want to rezone a parcel of land that would allow 41 low-income units to a high density 60 units over the protest of the neighborhood? (all that for a net increase in capacity of 19 low-income units.)
Does anyone else think it is odd, if not absurd, that Palo Alto is steam-rolling two neighborhoods with two conflicting results for a net loss of 71 low-income housing units? (loss of 90 caused by the Buena Vista rezoning minus 19 gained by the Maybell rezoning.)
Note: This question does not even address the private market rate stack-and-pack residential rezoning that allows 3-story private residences on half-sized substandard lots on Maybell.
Yes, there are numerous High-Density rezoning proposals in the City Planning Department hopper, and each one will have it's spin or rationale for some claimed greater good.
The Measure D High Density Rezoning of Private Market parcels is promoted under the guise of being needed to increase Senior Affordable Housing. However, as is revealed by the facts above, we can stick to our zoning laws and comprehensive plan and support affordable housing.
Measure D High Density rezoning is just the tip of the iceberg that the good ship Palo Alto is about to hit. If the High-Density-Zoning for sale scheme of Measure D passes, it will only accelerate and embolden those would remake our town into an urban canyons of nondescript buildings with intolerable congestion that follows.
Please see clearly that Measure D is about much more than one project on Maybell. It is the tip of the Iceberg.
I am taking a stand for the future of my three Children. [Portion removed.]
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