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on May 27, 2009
Editor, Steve Schmidt takes a position against what I see as sustainable development of the Cargill property.
I take weekly walks, and have taken thousands of photos, along the beautiful Bayside trail around Pacific Shores. Cargill's proposal is synergistic with the surroundings and is a clearly sustainable use of the property.
Water is not an issue. There are copious amounts of recycled water available to the North and South of the project. Enough, in fact, to turn the old Marsh Road dumpsite into a year round Emerald Isle with an environmentally friendly golf course. And, some of the economic "green" that would produce wouldn't hurt our local economy.
I ask these would be stewards of the land to address some of the other land use issues in the County.
How about stewarding the vast amounts of open space owned by the public? Surely, stewards of that land could bring in some "green" to help sustain them.
Where were environmentalists when the I280 compromise added a half mile to the commute each way to placate the "horsey" people? Have you noticed that the added exhaust fumes from that half mile have fertilized an invasive species to the detriment of the checkerspot butterfly habitat?
And, what about the SF Water Department Grant of Scenic and Recreation Easement(January 15, 1969), part of the compromise, which included 5 golf courses in the I 280 corridor.
Perhaps the Tiger Woods Foundation could collaborate with the Committee for Green Foothills to bring back some of that green stuff(both kinds) to San Mateo County.
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Emerald Hills, CA 94062
Is this a joke? The developer wants 12,000 homes and all the roads and other infrastructure needed to support them on bay wetlands? Is anybody really entertaining such a proposal? What hubris! What stupidity.
This "anonymous", negative post is inappropriate.
I would like to see a WalMart mall plan in Emerald Hills.
I am in favor of the Cargill development provided that a Federal Maximum Security Prison be erected at Bay Front Park to replace the prison in Gauntanamo Bay Cuba.
"This "anonymous", negative post is inappropriate."
Welcome to the forum, Jack - and get used to it. It's actually quite tame and friendly compared to say, the Palo Alto Weekly forum.
By the way: 12,000 houses built on low-lying land is "sustainable development"?
While flaming Libertarians like yourself (and our own Hank Lawrence) might think so, I dare say the vast majority of the 98% non-Ron Paul zombie followers out there don't think so.
So good luck trying to get this one through!
Jack Hickey wrote, in part: "Cargill's proposal is synergistic with the surroundings and is a clearly sustainable use of the property."
The apparently earnest use of the woefully ambiguous "synergistic" immediately discredits you, Jack. Which specific synergies do you imagine the wetlands and surrounding communities will enjoy from this proposed development?
I am not anti-development, but I think this proposal is easily the worst idea I've heard since moving to the Bay Area more than twenty years ago. Regards,
It is difficult to believe that any forward thinking public official would even consider allowing Cargill/DMB's proposed development.
Making matters worse, the RC Council directed the planning department to remove this 1400 acre property from the General Plan process.
Welcome to our own theatre of the absurd: the Redwood City Council, who has never seen any development they don't like.
While our council should certainly go on record as opposing the obnoxious Cargill project, they should be looking much closer to home.
The Bohannon project with its 140 foot high buildings and 1 million square feet seems to be getting huge staff support. It should be stopped, the sooner the better. We would have to be nuts to want a project like that, with its 2200 to 2400 more workers and all the traffic generated and making the housing and school situation much worse here in town. So I say, lets worry more about this local project.
I am in favor of the Bohannon development provided that Willows Oak Park is condemned and a Federal Maximum Security Prison be erected in its place to replace the prison in Guantanamo Bay Cuba.
I had to read "12,000 homes and 30,000 new residents" several times before believing my eyes. The developer wants to put this kind of project on baylands? I hope Redwood City officials have evolved to the point where environmental protection and overall sanity trumps capitalist greed.
I am strongly opposed to any filling in of the bay. When do we stop?
Should we tear down San Bruno mountain and fill in the bay?
I encourage everyone to see the PBS series called "Save the Bay".
If we have so much water available, why are we asked to ration?
Why do we need more development? Are there local government people drooling over the property tax revenue potential?
The traffic congestion near Hiway 101 and HIway 84 is already serious.
I am really pleased to hear that there are those who care.
Love the post Robert Dixon!
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