Critical downtown study off to a rocky start
Original post made on Oct 8, 2013
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on Oct 8, 2013 at 7:17 am
> "Why is the 27 University Ave area not included in
> the scope of work?" Holman asked.
The borders proposed by staff were predetermined by a law the city adopted in 1986 as part of its revision of the zoning code.
Got to wonder why Staff thinks that using historical boundaries, rather than all the available space in the downtown area, will provide study results that are meaningfully predictive?
Also got to wonder if the contract to--
Dyett & Bhatia Urban & Regional Planners:
was an open bid contract, or a no-bid contract?
It will also be very interesting to see what the City/residents get for their $200K? This is a lot of money. Getting another traffic study that claims that there isn't a traffic/parking problem in the downtown area isn't something that is going to help us. It would be really great if the Council were to provide some guidance as to what they expect from this consulting house, in terms of deliverables, and data.
on Oct 8, 2013 at 9:07 am
This article sounds like the city council is so concerned about traffic yet they didn't seem to care much about the grid lock we will endure with the Lytton Gateway project they approved on the corner of Lytton and Alma. So many of these approved projects add no real public benefit, but at least building a movie theater for the residents would be a public benefit. We either go to Redwood City or Mountain View to see movies these days.....
on Oct 8, 2013 at 10:24 am
Thank you Karen Holman for wanting to look "backwards" to see how we got here, and for making sure that the Arriaga project and traffic implications are included in the study.
It is why we have the City Counsel made up of community members, helping keep CPA staff members (who don't live in Palo Alto) on track.