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News - March 27, 2013

Portola Valley seeks public comments on affordable housing

Affordable housing in Portola Valley — why it's important and how it should be planned for — is the topic for a community meeting at Corte Madera Middle School on Thursday evening, March 28.

By state law, Portola Valley, along with every town in California, must plan for socio-economic diversity among its residents. Town officials, through a group of volunteers on an ad hoc committee, are seeking feedback from the public on town values and aspirations related to affordable housing. The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. in the school's Annex Building at 4575 Alpine Road.

More meetings are scheduled for the weeks ahead: on Wednesday morning, April 3, in the Valley Presbyterian Church, and on Monday evening, April 8, at the Alpine Hills Swim & Tennis Club. Less formal meetings in the homes of ad hoc committee members are planned. Refer to the town's website and PV Forum for schedules and locations.

Why is this important? Officials from the California Department of Housing and Community Development assert that the state has a housing crisis in that too many people are not able to live near their workplaces. Local government land-use regulations are seen as a principal source of the problem, a member of the Portola Valley planning staff has said.

HCD and regional agencies have been addressing the issue with planning quotas for each community that are updated periodically. Towns have an obligation to show how they would accommodate specific numbers of dwellings in four income categories, including very low to moderate incomes.

Residents can submit comments at Town Hall on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. To download a blank comment form, go to tinyurl.com/PV-afford.

For more information, contact Interim Planning Department Manager Steve Padovan at 851-1700, ext. 212, or spadovan@portolavalley.net.

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