Tonight: Portola Valley council to consider strategic plan for affordable housing


A strategic plan for developing affordable housing in Portola Valley is one of the topics the Town Council will be taking up tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 12) when it meets in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Priorities might include creating a list of possible affordable housing programs and concepts for consideration by staff and the town's volunteer commissions and committees; a public outreach plan; and an ad hoc committee to explore options for building such housing, according to a staff report by Town Manager Jeremy Dennis.

The report includes ideas such as authorizing the construction of "junior second units," surveying employers in town on what they might like in terms of on-site housing, and housing on town-owned land.

The potential beneficiaries of such housing could be teachers, public safety officials, health care providers and residents who wish to age in the community, the report says.

Also on the agenda:

• Resetting council member elections to even years to comply with state law and coincide with federal and statewide elections, when voter turnout is higher.

• Revisiting water conservation with a proposal to maintain conservation targets.


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Dave Boyce


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Posted by Bubba
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Oct 12, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Wouldn't it just be easier to bypass the federal money given for having low-income housing? If we have so much surplus money that the town is considering adding more crap to the already wonderful town center, perhaps we can just NOT spend that money.

The town had better not be considering putting low-income housing at the town center. I can see where this is going.

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