News - November 10, 2010

Portola Valley looks at huge Cargill development 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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