Environmental Report for Palo Alto Comp Plan: Bad News

The DEIR shows that none of the four scenarios results in a Palo Alto that improves life for residents. 
All four visions result in unavoidable and significantly more traffic and pollution. 
DEIR study finally provides the data needed to prove that the proposed high density — even with all mitigations INSTALLED— will not result in a better quality of life: it produces the worst traffic and pollution. 
Thus:

 PASZ would like the city council to develop a fifth scenario that should focus on what can be done to improve the lives of Palo Altans.

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PASZ Endorses Four for City Council

PASZ Endorses Four for Palo Alto City Council:

Tom DuBois, Eric Filseth, Karen Holman and Lydia Kou

Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning (PASZ), a grassroots organization dedicated to advocacy on land use, parking and transportation issues, has endorsed four candidates for the Palo Alto City Council: three first-time candidates and one incumbent. 

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Letter to PA City Council: Need better processes

Open letter from PASZ to the Palo Alto City Council

Dear City Council members,

On behalf of the leadership team of Palo Altans to Preserve Neighborhood Zoning, we hope that in the coming months, you can implement the changes outlined below, as they align with many of the city's stated goals of open government, transparency, inclusion, and data driven decision making. We view these items as fundamental and vital improvements to our city's functioning.
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Rezoning Projects

Rezoning Developments in Palo Alto

2003 to Present

 

Proposed or expected rezone(s)

SOUTH Palo Alto

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Housing Element Program and Density Bonus Ordinance

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On January 13, 2014, the Palo Alto City Council passed two ordinances modifying CN-15 zoning (Neighborhood Commercial) and implementing the state mandated Density Bonus Law. A comprehensive discussion of California’s Density Bonus Law is provided on these pages with references to Palo Alto Staff Reports and California Code.

The last page of this article provides access to the video transcript of the meeting, including presentations by PASZ members Bob Moss, Susan Fineberg, Cheryl Lilienstein, Fred Balin and Joe Hirsh.

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Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning Announce Focus

PaloAltoDowntown.jpgPalo Altans for Sensible Zoning (PASZ) announced their new focus on zoning and density across all of Palo Alto. Originally organized to combat a high density development in the Barron Park/Green Acres residential neighborhood, the group is now focused on a vision of Palo Alto as a family-oriented town with excellent schools, parks and infrastructure.

“It became clear as we talked to residents about Measure D that a great number of residents from all parts of town are extremely concerned about the pace and density of development throughout Palo Alto,” said Cheryl Lilienstein, President of Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning.  “Since the resounding defeat of Measure D, we have been discussing how we can help create policies that define the kind of development we want in our city”. On Jan 13th, the group was successful in getting city council to improve two zoning ordinances.  One clause that empowered the city council to sweep away ALL zoning regulations for 100% low income developments was deleted.   Another ordinance which up zoned properties across town passed but the city agreed to explore ways to limit total volume of development.

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