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Council favors new rules for downtown retail

Original post made on Oct 19, 2016

Retail in downtown Palo Alto isn't broken and doesn't need fixing. It could, however, use some protection, particularly when it comes to ensuring a diversity of uses and preventing conversions of shops to office use, the City Council agreed Monday as it considered a new law to address the issue.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 12:44 PM

Comments (8)

Posted by Garden Gnome
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 19, 2016 at 11:15 am

I don't recall any "gyms, dance studios and other similar uses" currently on University Avenue. (Hamilton and Lytton, sure).

Am I overlooking any, or perhaps there's pending development in this area?

Posted by eyes open
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 19, 2016 at 2:52 pm

To Garden Gnome:
It's probably a red herring to distract everyone while the planning dept and council slip in more zoning exceptions.

Posted by Mark Michael
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 19, 2016 at 2:57 pm

After the election a new Council will set priorities for 2017. Rather than nibbling around the edges with temporary development caps or retail protection ordinance on a single street, perhaps it would be more productive to deliberate on a Precise Plan for Downtown. Hopefully this could be undertaken concurrently with completing the Comprehensive Plan update and related work to update the Zoning Map. Think Big! Why not?

Posted by PCAreaZone
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 19, 2016 at 3:35 pm

@Mark Michael, I hope you are not serious about a Precise Plan for downtown. Do you know how long our Comp Plan has taken? Do we need to start a bunch of mini-Comp Plan Precise plan efforts? We have zoning - let's stick to it. Precise Plans are like PC Zoning, it's a way to negotiate exceptions to zoning and increase density, and hope the public isn't paying attention. Bad idea!

Posted by Abitarian
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 19, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Gennady - You didn't specify whether the new proposal would revert retail space that has been converted to office back to retail. Can you clarify? IMO, this should be a major priority for the initiative.

Posted by Wondering
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Oct 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm

Why is this only for downtown? Why not include California Avenue that already has some of each category?

Whatever is done downtown should also be done for California Avenue. Plain and simple.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 20, 2016 at 12:45 am

All retail areas need similar types of protection. Midtown is a good example of losing banks and video shops to office space.

Posted by Self centered candidate
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 20, 2016 at 1:00 am

Marc Berman wants to keep barber shops etc. on University because he said, he uses the barbershop on University.
Narcissism isn't limited to the national candidates, we have our very own as well.

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