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Council finds another way to reduce quallity of life

Original post made by resident, Barron Park, on May 27, 2014

I am just a resident, I don't have time to investigate and argue this proposed ordinance..however it seems to be another way city council is trying to reduce the quality of life in Palo Alto.

Just got this email from the City Updates:

Public Hearing - Council Adoption of an Ordinance Modifying:

Reduce the Allowable Floor Area Ratio on CN Zoned Sites Where Dwelling Units are Permitted at 20 Units Per Acre.

City email : "below is the link to the associated report that will be heard by the City Council on Monday, June 2, 2014."
Web Link

Comments (3)

Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 27, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Reduce quality of whose life? Residents? Developers? Pedestrians? Shoppers?

Posted by another resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 27, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I think if the FAR would increase that would be bad - more density, but this a reduction, so it may be good?

Can anyone explain?

Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 29, 2014 at 12:28 am

How is this reducing the quality of life?

If they could pull off something like this on El Camino it would be nice, but as it is El Camino is one of the few direct shots from SJ to SF. To me that sort of says it's unbroken thoroughfare is the critical thing that we need to maintain and maybe upgrade. It would be great if we could something like BART going up and down El Camino and make cars move faster. But to do that it means it is not the greatest place to live.

I've never thought I would want to live nearby El Camino. I used to live a block off El Camino in Mountain View 30 years ago, but there was no place to go at the time and nothing to do in the immediate locale. It was about a mile to downtown, and this was before the great Mtn. View revitalization. Still anyone living in that area of apartments, near Bonita St. has the same problem.

It is a complex thing like a micro-climate, there are lots and lots of them from SJ to SF, and how can any initiative successfully bring all of this together. Maybe something like this will happen over the next 40-75 years, but this is way past the span that our governments or even predictions can manage.

But I don't get how trying is going to reduce the quality of life ... at least significantly.

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