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.Read more
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.Read more
Open letter from PASZ to the Palo Alto City Council
Dear City Council members,
Rezoning Developments in Palo Alto
2003 to Present
Proposed or expected rezone(s)
SOUTH Palo Alto
- 567-595 Maybell – formally 4 single family residences on Maybell, (R2) and an orchard on Clemo (RM15). City Council approved rezone proposal to Planned Community (PC). Development plans are for 60 apartment units for low income seniors and 12 market rate single family residences. https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/34697
- 3980 El Camino Real – is the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. Owner has submitted an application to close the mobile home park. A preliminary development proposal to rezone the site to a RM-40 (multi-family) zone for a 187 unit apartment complex. http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/pln/current/buena_vista_mobile_home_park.asp
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.Read more
Palo 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.Read more