Wednesday: Portola Valley examines huge Cargill plan

Portola Valley's Town Council will consider Wednesday, Nov. 10, the environmental ramifications of a plan to build a major new community on what is now a salt flat off Redwood City.

The proposal by the Cargill Salt Corp. and an Arizona developer would turn 1,436 acres just offshore into a community of 12,000 homes, 1 million square feet of commercial space, and 800 acres of outdoor recreational space and wetlands.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. in Hanford Hall at The Sequoias retirement community at 501 Portola Road.

The public has until Feb. 28 to submit formal written comments to the Redwood City Planning Department.

Building code

The other major item on the Portola Valley council agenda is a proposal by the town's building official to adopt the new state building code. The proposal includes local amendments that would require the use of fire-resistant materials and methods in new construction, including fire retardant roofs, automatic sprinkler systems in buildings meant for human occupancy, and earthquake-activated shutoff valves for gas lines.

Cargill workshops

The Cargill proposal was the subject of a Nov. 6 informational workshop in Redwood City that focused on land use and housing. Another workshop is set for Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., to look at water supply, wastewater and flooding. The workshop will be held at the Sandpiper Community Center, 797 Redwood Shores Parkway in Redwood City.

As the developer prepares an environmental impact report, more workshops may be held in early 2011, according to the project website. The EIR will be lengthy and is expected to take at least another year to complete.


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Posted by Ol" Homeboy
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Dear Portola Valley,
Do you really need to even look at the environmental ramifications?
Filling in more of the Bay is simply ludicrious. For Cargill and this Arizona Developer to suggest that dedicating 800 acres to recreation space (playing fields) and wetlands in a horse-trade to develop 636 acres of fragile ecosystem to add 12,000 homes (and more people)is not in the best interest of the Peninsula, California, the U.S. or the world. Homes and commercial space, (not to mention schools) will be built in a matter of several years, wetland restoration takes decades to come to fruition. They'll take their profit and run.
If you've read how fragile our delta system is, then you understand how fragile our baylands are, too.
Residents of PV live there because of their appreciation of nature and open space. Our Redwood City baylands, even though privately held by Cargill, need to be preserved and protected in perpetuity.

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Posted by Willy
a resident of Woodside: other
on Nov 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Am curious, why are Woodside and PV "looking into" the Cargill development?

Is it they just want a bit of money from the deal, and are jealous RWC gets it all?

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