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PUBLIC AGENDA: Updating Comprehensive Plan, protection of historic barn


A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 3.

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss the city's next steps in updating its Comprehensive Plan and considering zoning changes; consider changes in the city's Development Impact Fees; and approve a re-appropriation of funding from fiscal year 2014 to 2015 for a Municipal Services Center study. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to discuss options for protection of the historic barn at 51 Encina Ave. The board will then meet at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., with members of the Architectural Review Board to look at the site in advance of considering a plan to remodel its interior. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. The board is scheduled to meet at Avenidas at 8:30 a.m.

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board will consider 430 Forest Ave., a proposal by David Solnick on behalf of Sageleaf Forest LLC for a 13-unit multi-family development that would replace an existing commercial building; and consider a draft Environmental Impact Report for 1050 Page Mill Road, a proposal by Stanford University to demolish existing structures and build up to 287,000 square feet of office space in four buildings at Stanford Research Park. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to review its presentation for its upcoming joint meeting with the City Council. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

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Posted by Why the rush?
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 31, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Love the Monday on the funding and zoning changes just before the Tuesday election.

Transparency, anyone?

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Posted by resident 1
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

Article in the SJM 11/13/14 - "Council OKs contract for consultant" is approval for consultant contract to support Comprehensive Plan which started out as $175,000 and was approved for $75,000. The discussion on this contract is that it had no specific set of requirements or products - the PACC voiced their concern that the Consulting Agreement was lacking in the required elements of a contract.

Thank you Greg Scharff for pointing out the fuzzy aspects. Gail Price and Marc Berman approving revised version.

What this points out is that the City Manager, Director of Planning and Community Environment Gitelman, and presumably the city legal office which should have reviewed the document and approved it prior to submittal for PACC review appear to have no knowledge of how to execute a contract for consulting services which should include a specific set of tasks and the deliverable products - recommendations based on the facts reviewed.

It concerns me that people are in a position of authority who are not displaying the proper knowledge base as to the legal requirements for a contract.
It concerns me that some members of the PACC also lack the knowledge of the basic requirements for a contract. I am glad that we have people on the PACC that have the legal background to guide the discussion to the proper end result.

I hope in the future that the city attorney is required to participate in the process to insure that the city is writing good contracts so that the city is getting what it is paying for.

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Posted by resident 1
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Idea for consultant - set up a blog specific to the topic so the consultant and PACC members can get real time feedback for the Comprehensive Plan update. If out-reach is the concern that can be solved by using this forum for that purpose. PA Weekly - please make that happen - we want our consultant to be center stage and in command of the issues that need community feedback. We have yet to see the other consultants and am unclear as to how they function to get their jobs done. Thank you

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