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To encourage housing construction, Palo Alto looks to revise its zoning code

Original post made on Jul 10, 2023

After approving an ambitious plan to make room for more than 6,000 new dwellings by 2031, Palo Alto is preparing to take the scalpel to its zoning code next month with the aim of removing barriers for housing developers.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, July 10, 2023, 9:30 PM

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Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 10, 2023 at 11:16 pm

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Not one word here about climate change mitigation along the BayShore. While the feds dedicate 500 million for sea water level rise (without thought, as I’ve seen, to home production on the bsy’s shore) where does this leave the rest of us? No transit, no bike lanes, no city centered services or near by schools, near zero shopping choices — remember Piazza Market does NOT accept Cal Fresh EBT food stamps snd Costco in MTV is membership only. The ROLM, COM, INDUST plots are void of any near community, residential resources. Council member Burt touts the San Antonio bike bridge. Yet that trajectory is outbound not inclusive or part of
a larger community mission. As it is , many in PA (might call it the missing middle) take their hard earned dollars to bordering towns for less costly in such: car parts, alterations, new shoes, skateboard decks, recreation, laundry services, oil changes, bicycle repair... the list goes on. How does a city function when there are no local services provided at competitive prices?

There are little to none programs for teens . Babe Ruth community ball collapsed.
Our active teens use MP Burgess park skate park. Great! yet PA has none to invite Menlo kids in. Why is PA foisting it’s lack of city programs, services, commerce on to its fringe cities. Lopsided, shirking a civic responsibility to provide for our residents our citizens as well as sharing and inviting out of city limits what we have to offer. Shoving 2K very low income homes bordering
MTV EPA is essentially pushing poor people to outer most limits praying they’ll seek and pay for their living lives elsewhere. So much for BLM or Asian Hate or Women’s rights are human rights. What about “sister cities”? Just because flood plain acres are plentiful does not make two wrongs a right. Again. Look at how “East” Petaluma was developed ... on a salt water!flood plain delta. Schools & strip malls, movie theaters were constructed — a planned community, which 40 years on, failed.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2023 at 6:36 am

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I would like to know what the definition of the term "multifamily housing" is. I know how it is used, but a one bedroom can't be called family housing in my opinion. Several one bedroom units are multi single people housing, not what a family would want.

I would suggest that the definition would be that the unit should have a minimum of 2 bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms, and living room and kitchen separate.

Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2023 at 1:07 pm

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Fix Cubberley. Fix Cubberley. Fix Cubberley. We NEED that community center space, and we are going to need it more after the new housing is built. Make San Antonio walkable and bikeable, so residents can get into the rest of town easily and safely without use of a car.

Please stop pointing to this area as transit-oriented until you make it so. The San Antonio train station gets only infrequent, local trains. Most of us who live within a half mile of this station don't use it. I regularly go to the Cal Ave and University stations instead because I can get express trains there. (Though the Cal Ave Station service has been reduced significantly which forces people from south PA to go all the way downtown to catch a train often.

Useful bus service would be helpful. If you are going to put the most of the state-mandated housing in this area, you need to put a fair share of services nearby to make it livable for present and future residents. When are we going to see some planning to make this new housing work?

Posted by Barron Park Denizen
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 11, 2023 at 8:34 pm

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Do we want this?

Do we have a choice?

Does the CC make such important decisions in behalf of the City, or is it simply presiding over the degradation of Palo Alto?

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