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Council seeks new path to updated growth vision

Original post made on Aug 7, 2014

Faced with four different visions for future growth, Palo Alto's council members quibbled and agonized Wednesday night over the latest proposal to update the city's land-use bible before settling for a fifth option: none of the above.

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Posted by Cheryl Lilienstein
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 7, 2014 at 7:56 am

Thank you city council for recommending that data be produced in order to understand present conditions before making future plans.

Thank you for choosing to focus attention on fixing what's wrong.

Thank you Karen Holman for stressing the urgency of modifying the zoning code to protect the city from new developments in the city's commercial areas. I hope Mayor Shepherd takes that recommendation seriously and shifts away from her usual We-are-looking-to-the-future-and-Palo Alto-is-developing-everything-because-it's-good-for-us-to-do-that-because-the-world-is-watching position. After all, the election is coming.

Thank you Gennady for noticing that the Planning and Transportation committee (that has been responsible for allowing a lot of the extreme growth to happen) has proposed revisions to every chapter in the present Comp Plan. And that this has been done with little input from the community.

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Posted by Input
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2014 at 8:45 am

I'm not sure the agonizing was because of the growth options or the format itself to look at options, which Council is responsible for.

Anyway, whatever gets data out first is important, and explaining exactly what is being done.

Mark Weiss' observation that among the revisions being done without public input is replacing the word park. The new term is urban something or other, didn't sound like it was nature.

Is there a summary of what has been revised so far, in case that needs to be revised?

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