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201 El Camino Real project - Unmitigated impacts and the destruction of community serving retail

From: domainremoved <Vincent>
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:34:45 -0700

Dear City Council and Planning Commission,

Every project which adds traffic along El Camino creates an
environmental impact which can not be mitigated.

Therefore in order to approve this project you are required to approve a
"Statement of Overriding Considerations" which justifies this impact in
light the benefits of the project:

http://www.iid.com/home/showdocument?id=2222 (page 52)

"Pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Sections 15092, 15093 and 15043,
decision-makers are required to balance the economic, legal, social,
technological and other benefits of a project against itsunavoidable
environmental risks in determining whether to approve the project. If
the benefitsof the project outweigh the unavoidable adverse effects, the
adverse environmental effects maybe considered "acceptable." When a
public agency approves a project which will result insignificant effects
which are identified in the EIR but are not avoided orsubstantially
lessened,the CEQA Guidelines require that the agency state in writing
the specificreasons to support its action, based on the EIR and other
information in the record."


As residents of Menlo Park, I do not understand how you can consider the
destruction of community serving retail to be replaced with offices of
any kind to be a benefit to our community.

Please do not approve the environmental impact for this project, even if
it meets zoning requirements.

Destruction of retail, should be a prime consideration and can be
mitigated, even if it means that the project is not as profitable as it
would otherwise be.

Thanks,

Vincent Bressler
Received on Thu Mar 21 2019 - 11:30:23 PDT

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