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Little agreement on sites for Portola Valley affordable housing

Original post made on Jul 8, 2019

Portola Valley officials seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place in terms of meeting increasing pressures from Sacramento for more high-density affordable housing and the demands of some residents.

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Posted by PV
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jul 8, 2019 at 9:59 am

The residents have spoken, it’s clear we don’t want this nonsense. Affordable housing can be well intentioned but not without a vision plan and proper planning. Adding two or three affordable units will not suddenly make a town more affordable. The town already addressed this by encouraging residents to build ADUs. Time to move onto something more important—how about resurfacing/restricting Alpine road?


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Posted by CuriousaboutStanfordHousing
a resident of Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Jul 8, 2019 at 2:50 pm

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How does the Stanford housing proposal fit into all of this? If Stanford builds its proposed housing complex along Alpine Road, does the town of PV still have to add additional housing?


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Posted by Invisible Hand
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 8, 2019 at 4:51 pm

This strong-arm State tactic needs to be challenged in the courts. Cramming more unwanted units into communities only incentivized valley companies to continue to grow here. The message should instead be that Silicon Valley is oversubscribed and too expensive. Companies need to look to other regions to move to or start satellite offices in. Nobody is requiring you to do business here, it's a choice. This is a huge country with many amazing cities and regions that are begging for growth -- go there, grow there. It will do everybody good. Instead, California and local cities are capitulating to big business and, in effect, subsidizing local growth via permanent structural changes to our local cities and town which will forever diminish the quality of life for everybody who lives here. The solution to overcrowding IS NOT TO ADD MORE PEOPLE.


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Posted by Housing advocate Meg
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jul 27, 2019 at 5:37 pm

These statements from council members (below) are just not presenting a full or accurate picture. Lack of transparent and or properly informed discussion are stirring up some pretty bad feelings and hurting the effort to sensibly build affordable housing.

Although I believe the good people on the Town Council think the statements are true, they should consult legislative analysts to get better information. The Cal State Consitution specifically gives power over zoning to local authorities. Any state bill (such as SB50 which has already been voted down) attempting to restrict those powers would likely be challenged in court, tied up for years and might well be declared unconditional. The current adviors to the council are doing a great job for any anti-housing residents with this over reaction to a poorly thought out bill written to boost developers. This does not to help the housing insecure!


"The state has put us in the position of being at risk of state laws being imposed over local planning rules,"

"The town doesn't want the state to force people to sell houses here and replace them with multi-unit dwellings."

emphasized that there will be changes in the affordable housing requirements and Portola Valley "will be expected to build."


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Posted by Menlo Boomer
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jul 28, 2019 at 9:55 am

That's a HARD NO on this nonsense! Here are the approved ways to be a Portola Valley resident:

1) Be super-wealthy
2) Be an elderly person who moved here a long time ago when supply-demand were not COMPLETELY out of whack and who doesn't think of themselves as super-wealthy even though they are when considering their home equity
3) There is no Number Three


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