VENTURA NEIGHBORHOOD SURVEY ... Preliminary results for the Ventura Neighborhood Association's North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan survey are ongoing, but neighbors have strong feelings about the proposed redevelopment — Housing: 49% support using some commercial lots near the train track and other areas for R-30 housing; 30.6% said "no"; 90% support setting aside 20% or more of residences for affordable housing for teachers, nurses and workers; 77.6% want 20% or more of housing for low-income people. Parking and transportation: 75% support public transportation; 84% want ample parking and in locations that don't impact residents. Open spaces: 86.3% want 20% of the land reserved for green space; 91.8% want a bike-pedestrian pathway along Matadero Creek; 47.95 are against and 41.7% are for adding an off-leash dog area to Boulware Park. Retail versus offices: 100% want mixed-use development that includes community-serving businesses; 60.4% said "no" to new office space, but 20.8% support offices. Services: 80% want community services such as a health clinic or art center. The complete survey results and the ongoing survey can be accessed at venturapaloalto.org.
BOL PARK PATH SURVEY ... The Barron Park Association's Bol Park Pathway survey found 75% of respondents are ages 50 to 70; 75% use the path for exercise or leisure; 25% commute and less than 10% go to school. Safety: Out of 483 responses regarding safety issues, 90 people said bikers ride too fast; 41 said bikes pass pedestrians too closely/don't give a warning; 18 observed bike crashes in recent years; of those, seven saw a pedestrian being struck and two saw bikes hitting cars; 56 people encountered off-leash dogs and 14 said leashed dogs were on leashes that didn't adequately control them; 44 people said pedestrians don't pay attention to their surroundings and block the pathway. The results have been shared with Palo Alto's Public Works Department to inform a traffic study.
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