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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

CuriousaboutStanfordHousing is a registered user.

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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