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News - April 3, 2013

Portola Valley meets on affordable housing

Affordable housing in Portola Valley is the topic for a community meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Valley Presbyterian Church at 945 Portola Road.

By state law, every community 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 public feedback on town values and aspirations related to affordable housing.

Another meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the Alpine Hills Swim & Tennis Club.

This issue is important because the California Department of Housing and Community Development asserts that local government land-use regulations make it difficult for people of very low to moderate incomes to live near their workplaces, according to town staff. Communities are required to show how they would accommodate homes for these income categories.

Residents can submit comments in person at Town Hall on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.

Visit tinyurl.com/PV-afford to download a blank comment form.

For more information, try PV Forum, the town's website, or Interim Planning Department Manager Steve Padovan at 851-1700, ext. 212, or write to spadovan@portolavalley.net.

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