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massive development proposed E of 101; Fire District impact ignored

Original post made by I. Ron E., Menlo Park: The Willows, on Jan 17, 2012

Oh, this is funny. East Palo Alto (which Peter Carpenter has been trying to draw into attacking Menlo Park for the Facebook project) just released its own EIR for something called the "Ravenswood/ 4 Corners Transit Oriented Development Specific Plan":

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The plan would generate "an additional 2,766 residents and approximately 4,850 additional employees" and "close to 25,000 daily trips". Compare that with Facebook's 0 residents, 5,800 net new employees, and 9,606 net new daily trips. Given how much Peter has complained about Facebook, it certainly seems like "Ravenswood/ 4 Corners" would create a Fire District impact, right? Think again:

"...the MPFPD will receive increased property tax revenues from the development in the project area that will provide a source for funding the necessary additional personnel. The Fiscal Impact Analysis performed for the Specific Plan indicates that at full buildout, the Fire District will receive an additional $475,000 in property tax. This measure would ensure that the Plan is self sufficient, and that adequate, long-term funding for the expansion of fire and emergency services would be made available and the impact would be less than significant."

Peter, I'm assuming you'll be treating East Palo Alto the same way you've treated Menlo Park?

Not to mention, even if every new "Ravenswood/ 4 Corners" employee is also a new resident of this area, that's 2,084 employees who presumably want to live in Belle Haven. Sounds like a housing affordability impact...

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jan 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

If EPA isn't disingenuous about the impacts, Peter wouldn't be likely to say so. I am sure he'll comment.

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Posted by Ad Nauseam
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm

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