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Housing Policy Recommendations

From: domainremoved <Angie>
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:28:59 -0700

Kirsten Keith, Mayor, and Council Members

701 Laurel St.

Menlo Park, CA 94025

Thank you for committing to prioritize housing in February. The increased
work and more frequent Housing Commission meetings have helped Menlo Park
begin to address the serious housing shortage and ongoing displacement of
longtime residents.

The Housing Commission recommended in 2016 requiring 15% or more units to
be affordable as development ramped up in the M-2 and throughout the City
of Menlo Park. Requiring developers in the M-2 to build 15% affordable was
the right decision but we think you should go further. The Specific Plan
requires an update by the end of this calendar year and we believe that you
should expand the requirement beyond the M-2 to the entire city. Much
needed housing development has increased along El Camino Real and we don’t
want to miss this opportunity.

21 Elements also provided guidance on commercial linkage and housing impact
fees. The Nexus Study showed how increased commercial linkage fees and
added housing impact fees could mitigate the impact of new development on
demand for affordable housing in Menlo Park. They provided a clear range
for those fees but the City Council has not taken decisive action on this
yet. We respectfully ask that you schedule this as soon as possible.

Please update these policies so that we don’t continue to miss these
important opportunities. With good policy in place we can make development
more equitable and predictable for developers and residents.

Sincerely,

Angie Evans, Community Builder

Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County


-- 
Angie Evans
Community Builder - Menlo Park
Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County
2905 S El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94403
(314) 556-5330 cell
www.hlcsmc.org

Received on Wed Sep 27 2017 - 10:34:23 PDT

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