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Windmill School Approval Delays

Original post made by Bud and Lynn Eisberg, Portola Valley: other, on Sep 1, 2016

The approval process for the Windmill School project at 900 Portola Rd. appears bogged down unnecessarily in Portola Valley town government . Having served on the ASCC for several years, I understand the procedure. As a neighbor to the new school site, I have been well informed about the planning for many years by Windmill School. However, the Planning Commission approval now involves conditions not required of other applicants that could set unfortunate precedents.  Time is taken in meetings with questions already answered in briefing documents. There is a focus on Portola Rd. parking for events that could occur during the year, yet no one bats an eye with church parking every Sunday or the frequent overflow from Village Square in the same location.

There was some controversy involving the property a few years ago when the Town was seeking to purchase it, but we should be beyond that. Windmill is not some outside developer building to the maximum allowed and then asking for further concessions but is a local preschool that has operated in Portola Valley for 60 years. The comprehensive proposal has been developed by local volunteers who have been guided by the General Plan since day one. Let's get on with it.

Bud and Lynn Eisberg
233 Wyndham Dr.
Portola Valley


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