Thursday: Atherton community group hosts program on Cargill development plan


The pros and cons of Cargill's massive development plans for 1,436 acres of salt ponds in the Bay will be discussed at the Thursday, May 27, annual meeting of the Atherton Civic Interest League.

The presentation, co-hosted by the League of Women Voters, is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Holbrook-Palmer Park Pavilion at 150 Watkins Ave. in Atherton.

Stephen Knight, political director of the nonprofit Save the Bay, and Tim Frank, an environmental consultant working for the developer, DMB, will present their opposing positions on the proposal to build a community of up to 12,000 homes, commercial space, playing fields, and several hundred acres of restored wetlands on the property.

A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

The Cargill-DMB proposal is being reviewed by Redwood City, which has authorized an environmental impact report. A number of nearby towns, including Atherton, Menlo Park, and Woodside, have come out in opposition to or voicing concern about the project.

The presentation will be preceded by a brief meeting and election of new directors and officers of the ACIL.

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