June 2019 Pre-Application Meeting Memo to Neighbors

Note that the paint store is 2 stories tall. The condos would be 3. Go take a look and visualize it. Almost the Tallest building on Woodside road!

HELLO NEIGHBOR! YOUR HELP IS NEEDED

PLEASE ATTEND IF YOU CAN AND SHARE THIS WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS
DOWNLOAD THE WORD FILE OF THIS POST HERE: June 2019 Letter to Neighbors

Meeting Forum: Pre-Application Workshop
Meeting Date: Monday, June 3, 2019
Meeting Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: San Mateo County Government Center
455 County Center, Room 101
Redwood City, CA  94063
Project File Number: PRE 2018-00054

In November or 2004 we asked the County Planning Commission to “Rezone, by ordinance, lands in the R-1/S-7 zoning district in the Selby Neighborhood (Sequoia Tract) to R-1/S-74” (Single Family Housing)

Stating: “… several modest homes have been torn down and replaced with substantially larger houses. Some large parcels have been subdivided and developed with large houses. These new houses range in size from 3,000 to 6,000 sq. ft. They now sporadically appear from block to block. Residents are concerned that the character of the neighborhood will be significantly altered if larger and larger houses continue to be built.

Several meetings have been held in the neighborhood to discuss this issue. Residents have agreed that new zoning regulations are needed to control house size, height, and bulk. County planning staff was asked to bring the new regulations and the proposed rezoning to the Planning Commission for a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.”

It passed 5-0. Now, the property owner wants to rezone, tear down the houses and put up 3 story condos.

From a 2017 Email: There is no precedent for changing the zoning from R1 at the request of a developer.  Why should this developer be exempt from the building regulations, but I am still subject to them?  What is to prevent an unfair advantage to developers who curry favor with county officials?”

All other arguments aside – Sewage, Speeders, Infrastructure, Architecture, Traffic, Parking, Daylight Planes, Size, Height, Etc. – And please note – This is NOT “Affordable Housing.”

I suggest focusing on the most fundamental point. If this can’t be answered, the application should be denied:

WHAT IS THE COMPELLING REASON TO REZONE WHEN WE JUST DID SO IN 2004 TO PREVENT THIS EXACT THING FROM HAPPENING?

Massive Redwood City Housing, Retail and Office Development Up For Final OK

We are about to get into the next round of defending our properties from developers and county boards that don’t listen to their constituents .

WHAT IS THE COMPELLING REASON TO REZONE?

THERE IS NO HOUSING SHORTAGE. THESE ARE NOT AFFORBALE UNITS. WHY SHOULD WE REZONE?

It’s not for lack of building in the area. Here is the latest:

Nearly three years in the making, a massive development that could transform a neighborhood near Redwood City’s downtown into a vibrant hub of housing, stores and offices is poised to get the final green light this week.

The proposed development will include 400 market-rate residential units, 120 affordable units, 420,000 square feet of office space, 26,000 square feet of retail space, a 10,000 square-foot child care center and shared underground parking for residents, employees and retail customers.

A 1.6-acre open space area — complete with a dog park, water feature and a shaded plaza with seating — will separate the residential and office buildings.

Massive Redwood City housing, retail and office development up for final OK

NASA Seeks Proposals for 1,930 Homes at Moffett Field

Saying that rezoning Rutherford Avenue, which was protected against this in 2004, will bring affordable housing to the area is ridiculous. At most there would be 1 unit out of the proposed 10 apartments. Meanwhile:

More details emerged about NASA’s plan to build 1,930 homes at Moffett Field yesterday (Oct. 18) when the federal government released a 53-page request for developers’ bids to build the project.

The request for proposals, or RFP, envisions 4,900 people living on the 46-acre site at the south end of Moffett Field, east of the Wescoat Village family housing development, north of Highway 101 and west of Ellis Street.

A development of 4,900 people will need coffee shops and grocery stores nearby, so NASA is seeking a developer who will build 100,000 square feet of retail space on site.

More Details Here

Condos Planned for El Camino Honda Dealership Site

Adding to the argument that rezoning Rutherford Avenue is not only against the neighborhood’s will, it is utterly unnecessary:

A 33-unit condominium building proposed for 601 El Camino Real at Hopkins Avenue is up for review by the Redwood City Planning Commission Tuesday.

Five three-story buildings are being proposed to replace two one-story buildings used as a showroom, office space and auto repair shop for a Honda car dealership currently open on a 1.2-acre site just west of the Caltrain tracks, according to a staff report.

The project is expected to provide 24 two-bedroom and nine three-bedroom condominiums with two covered parking spots each. The applicant is requesting permission to build tandem parking, in which one car parks directly behind another car, for 12 of the 33 condominiums, according to the staff report.

Full Story Here

 

 

Rutherford Avenue Major Development Pre-Application Workshop Update

Selby Lane area residents that attended the June 21st workshop should have received an email and a snail mail copy of the planning department’s meeting notes, attached below.

I will collect some thoughts and post a response. Thoughts? Feedback?

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Hello,

A summary letter is attached as a PDF regarding the Major Development Pre-Application Public Workshop that took place on June 21, 2017 at 6:30PM at 455 County Center, Room 101 regarding the proposed merger and rezoning at 1301/1311 Woodside Rd (PRE2017-00012) in the unincorporated Sequoia Tract of San Mateo County.

Thank you,
Ruemel Panglao

Planning and Building Department
455 County Center, 2nd Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 363-4582  T
(650) 363-4849  F
www.planning.smcgov.org