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Stanford GUP draft EIR: SAN MATEO COUNTY (Unincorporated West Menlo) IMPACTS MUST BE CONSIDERED

From: domainremoved <Sheriene>
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2017 04:46:00 +0000 (UTC)

County of Santa ClaraDepartment of Planningand DevelopmentAttention: David RaderCounty Government Center70 West Hedding Street,San Jose, CA 95110Phone: (408)299-5779 Dear Mr. Rader,I amwriting to you as a concerned resident of the area of West Menlo Park that fallsunder the jurisdiction of Unincorporated San Mateo County. Uponreview of the EIR for the 2018 Stanford GUP, it appears that while Santa ClaraCounty, the City of Palo Alto and the City of Menlo Park are all considered keyaffected jurisdictions, San Mateo County has not been given the same level ofimportance. The planned growth at Stanford will have an extremely significantimpact on the already terrible traffic along the Alpine/Santa Cruz/Alameda delas Pulgas Corridor of unincorporated Menlo Park not just during the single amand pm peak traffic hour which currently defines the No New Net Commute Tripstandard. Traffic could worsen for 22 other hours of the day and no mitigationfunds would be paid.

The NoNew Net Commute Trip standard disproportionately disadvantages residentsof West Menlo Park.   1) It is unlikely that tripreductions will actually be occurring within West Menlo Park as thereare no significant efforts demonstrated by Stanford to reduce trafficcongestion along the Alpine/Santa Cruz/Alameda Corridor. Trip reductions thatoccur in other areas may allow enough trip credits for Stanford to meetits No New Net Commute Trip standard thus allowing negative impacts toWest Menlo Park to be ignored. 2) Funding of off-campus circulationinfrastructure improvements may qualify for trip credits as long as theimprovements would enhance safety or increase mobility for pedestrians,bicyclists or transit users within the local impact area.  While at facevalue, it seems like this could benefit West Menlo Park, a requirement for suchcredits is evidence demonstrating how the infrastructure project would removevehicular trips from the local impact area.  Without a commitment fromStanford to redirect vehicles away from or off our congested Corridor,this will not be possible.
It doesnot include additional traffic related to other Stanford developmentsthat disproportionately affect our Corridor.  Specifically, it doesnot include hospital trips (for employees and visitors) for which manyare initiated from West Menlo Park roadways feeding into West Sand Hill Rdnor trips to other Stanford development projects along Sand HillRoad.  

The EIRshould guarantee that funds for transportation mitigation not be given todistant transit hubs, rather funds should be directed to projects that benefitthe affected neighborhoods/geographic area.

Insummary, it is incumbent that the EIR acknowledge the traffic congestion thatwill impact nearby main roadways in San Mateo County specifically Alpine Road,Santa Cruz Avenue and Alameda de las Pulgas. Simply painting bike lanes onSanta Cruz Avenue is not significant enough. Rather, the funding of pedestrianinfrastructure (new sidewalks, crosswalk signage and striping, re-engineeringthe Y intersection and other more costly improvements) and increased Margueriteshuttles are examples of real mitigations that would make a  difference inthe lives of those in our part of town. 

Thedraft EIR does not adequately represent the interests of those of us in SanMateo County. Even though Stanford is located in Santa Clara County, much ofthe traffic will be felt elsewhere.

Sincerely,Sheriene SaadatiSan Mateo County Resident
Received on Sat Nov 25 2017 - 20:50:28 PST

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