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News - November 26, 2010

Palo Alto tries for 'transparency' in new projects

Council committee urges earlier deadlines for development applications, ending last-minute changes

by Gennady Sheyner

Palo Alto's developers would be barred from submitting last-minute changes to their applications under new procedures and rules the City Council plans to adopt before the end of the year.

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Posted by Good to Hear It, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 24, 2010 at 11:10 am

This is a hopeful sign. It's been the habit of some developers to play "Gotcha", introducing changes to their projects that would not have withstood the scrutiny of the Planning Commission. These have been presented directly to Council.

Posted by Remembering..., a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Not long ago there were articles disputing the fact there was a "Palo Alto Process". Some developers were even quoted, saying how good it was to work with the City, & the "process" was a "myth", unlike the experience of average residents, that experienced almost passive aggressive behavior from the same city staff.

So I wonder what this new 'transparency' will bring. Most likely, more of the same, but with new methods. They'll all find a way.

Transparency? Accountability? It's the mindset that needs changing and with the same players (including Jim Keene) let's not be too hopeful.

Posted by old timer, a resident of Ventura
on Nov 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

how about posting agendas on the city website?
and it would be nice if ordinary citizens had access to plans that will impact their neighborhood. we need viewable online PDFs for remodel plans, instead of having to drive downtown to see them.

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