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Atherton council unanimously opposes Cargill development of salt lands

Original post made on Jan 4, 2011

After debating at length how strong a statement to send to the town's neighbors to the north, the Atherton City Council unanimously voted to oppose Cargill's plan to intensively develop its salt lands with residential and commercial buildings, and to support restoration of the 1,436-acre property on the Bay in Redwood City.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 23, 2010, 11:51 AM

Comments (3)

Posted by Curmudgeon, a resident of another community
on Jan 4, 2011 at 11:15 am

This is an urban infill project near jobs and transportation. It is not the type of sprawl we have seen over the years with commuters coming to their jobs on the peninsula from places like Tracy. That makes the Cargill Project very "green".

The cities in our area have a tremendous jobs/housing imbalance (more jobs than housing). This project could solve much of that problem. We also need the playing fields.

Considering that the current 'wetlands' are really dead salt ponds, the benefits of this project are obvious except to those that already have their comfortable homes near their jobs and don't want others in the neighborhood.

At a time when thousands of people are *still* commuting into local jobs from as far away as Stockton, spewing who knows how much car exhaust and wasting precious natural resources (most notably Time, the most precious and finite resource any of us have) the myopia of a good many "environmentalists" is stupefying.

To say nothing of how many critters were displaced by development out in the remote San Joaquin Valley, rather than here in an already urbanized area.

In short, fill in the swamps, let another Foster City bloom, and give your children (and by extension your granchildren) a chance to live near you, rather than many miles away.


Posted by Ed, a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Curmugeon:
The developers just want to make money building this this thing the first time and then once again after it melts into the Bay after the next earthquake. Also I bet that the accessors office probably wants more taxable land. Fill in the only large estuary in the western continent??-- It's IDIOTIC.


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Jan 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm

"This is an urban infill project near jobs and transportation."

There is nothing about Cargil's 12,000 homes and 24,000 cars that is an urban infill project.


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