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Menlo Park's moratorium on development

From: domainremoved <MARY>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 04:29:36 +0000 (UTC)

Dear Council Members,
I agree with the thoughts in Lee Duboc's letter and have copied it below for you to read.
Sincerely Mary Dederer

Moratorium on development in Menlo Park?

Fellow residents

2 City council members have proposed a 2-fold temporary moratorium on development in Menlo Park.

•      Citywide, no commercial, office or hotel developments would be allowed.

•      In District 1, the Belle Haven neighborhood, there would be an additional moratorium on any housing project with more than 100 homes.


In the past, MenloFuture has advocated not approving new Facebook development in Belle Haven that did not include an on-paper commitment to mitigate traffic in real time. Past councils did not heed this advice.


While I am sympathetic to this call, I do not , at this point, support the moratorium. Here's why.

•      In Belle Haven, negotiations should precede a moratorium. A moratorium is designed to prevent a problem, but traffic in Belle Haven is already snarled and needs a fix. No community engagement will shed light on this already pressing problem. Solutions that are already being pursued would halt—including a grocery store and pharmacy—both of which would alleviate the need of residents to drive. Dumbarton rail, teacher housing, studies to build an overpass from the Bridge to 101 and other ameliorations might all be abandoned or put on hold.

•      The problems in Belle Haven and West Menlo are different. Belle Haven is totally impacted by local development but West Menlo traffic is marginally impacted by what we in Menlo Park do.

o   Traffic flow on ECR can, and should be, improved.

o   Housing can be mandated.

o   Measure M in 2014 which tried to block development downtown failed miserably (62% of voters said no).


I look forward to learning more at the City Council discussion (this Tuesday, June 11)on whether to adopt, reject or amend the Moratorium. What are your thoughts? You can email them to City.Council_at_(domainremoved)


As always, Lee Duboc (menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
Received on Wed Jun 12 2019 - 09:05:07 PDT

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