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Palo Alto Weekly

Spectrum - April 27, 2012

Guest Opinion: 'Gateway' project breaks all of city's zoning rules

by Ellen Wyman

The Palo Alto City Council seems to have forgotten that the role of a city council is to represent the will of public. For years our council did a good job of being in tune with the public and responsive to their concerns; those were years when we enacted the 50-foot height limit and adhered to it and when exemptions were truly exceptionally rare as they were intended to be.

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Ellen Wyman, a long-time Palo Alto resident, has been involved in numerous local issues from the time of the 1967 City Council recall to, most recently, preserving the historic "bird bath" fountain on California Avenue.

Comments

Posted by Thank you Ellen Wyman, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Thank you Ellen Wyman for this clear explanation of what is wrong with this project, and all the reasons and dimensions of its overthetop pride and aggression.
The city council and its commissions keep bowing to these greedy, community-destroying developers. The citizens need to get together and do something about it.
Throw the rascals out!


Posted by PA Resident, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I'm not a bit surprised at the dimensions of this PC development. When the JCC was approved it opened the door to huge violations of our zoning codes, as developers realized they could get so much by declaring their projects PC.

I believe the tower is the elevator shaft. The 50' height limit only refers to the roof line; air conditioning equipment, chimneys and elevator shafts can go way up above 50'. Much of the JCC is over 75'if you take into account all the equipment above the roof line.

Incidentally, we are still waiting for the JCC to provide the jitney buses they promised as mitigation for their being allowed so many code violations, including something called shared parking!!

I have been told that the setbacks cannot be changed until a whole new comprehensive plan is drawn up which will be - when?!!


Posted by Curious, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I wonder, will the minarets of the Wicked Huge Mosque going up across the street from the JCC be considered "towers" as well?