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City Council moves to revise height limit in 'transition zones'

Original post made on Apr 13, 2022

The Palo Alto City Council on Monday revised the zoning code to lower the height limit for buildings within 150 feet of residential areas, even ones designated for higher density.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 12:40 PM

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Posted by Evergreen Park Observer
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 13, 2022 at 10:18 am

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The problem with 'exceptions' is that City staff has a history of approving all applications for exceptions so that that they are no longer 'exceptions' but become the rule. Hard to trust that City staff will act in the interest of residents rather than moneyed developers and business interests based on their prior behavior.

Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 13, 2022 at 10:55 am

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I agree with Evergreen Park Observer. The city must be obligated to notify residents when an exception is under application. Lydia Kou did her homework and understands the needs of residents.

Posted by neighbor1200
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 13, 2022 at 11:02 am

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Certain areas should be zoned for high residential buildings. That is the best way for Palo Alto to increase housing units. Russian communists broke up existing apartments to cram more families into each one. In a free society, we build more units.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 13, 2022 at 11:07 am

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Per usual Gennadey, your article is lacking a quality of investigative journalism a “free” press demands and its audience/readers of all ilk deserve. There were others publicly commenting about adding height ... how come you left those voices out? Hmmm.

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 14, 2022 at 11:37 am

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In Menlo Park high residential building are being built on El Camino. In Redwood City high residential buildings are built on El Camino and the streets next to the train station and shopping center. This is a repurposing of commercial property. Looks good and is next to a major highway and train station. It checks all of the boxes. Mountain View now is building high rise apartments on San Antonio and California street, which was previously commercial property.

El Camino in the PA section can be repurposed for high rise buildings. That would follow the guidance being provided by the state. We have high rise residential buildings in the direct proximity of City Hall and the train station. More can be added in this section consistent with state guidelines.

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