Redwood City Exceeds Housing Goals – NO to Rutherford Ave Rezoning!

Another nail in the coffin for anyone thinking there is a logical reason to re-rezone the Rutherford Ave / Woodside Rd parcel and allow the property owner to build condos when the area was rezoned less than 15 years ago to protect against that exact thing.

The county still needs to do a better job on affordable housing for sure, but market-price housing goals are actually being exceeded.

Redwood City has exceeded its Regional Housing Needs Allocation target for above-market rate units for the current RHNA cycle, which spans from 2014 to 2023, but is far from satisfying its affordable housing goal, according to the city’s annual housing report, which was recently submitted to the state.

To meet its affordable housing goal, Redwood City must construct 502 moderate-, 372 low- and 699 very-low-income units by the end of 2023 when the cycle ends.

 For “above moderate” units, Redwood City has permitted 1,645 units to date, nearly 500 units more than its 1,152-unit goal by 2023.

Mountain View to Add Almost 10,000 Homes – SAY NO TO REZONING OF RUTHERFORD AVE!

As if you needed another reason to contact the San Mateo County Planning and Building Department and tell them there is no reason to rezone Rutherford Ave in order to build condiminiums:

Mountain View City Council took a resounding whack at the Bay Area’s housing crisis last night (Dec. 12) by approving an updated version of the North Bayshore Precise Plan, adding 9,850 housing units to the area, including 1,970 units priced at below market rate.

Here is the 2004 Rezoning documentation they are trying to reverse: “Consideration of an amendment to the County Zoning Regulations to create the “S-74” zoning district regulations and consideration of rezoning lands zoned R-1/S-7 in the Selby Neighborhood (Sequoia Tract) to R-1/S-74 to control house size and height.

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Redwood City: City Plans to Turn El Camino into Travel Mecca

More affordable housing in the works on El Camino, another reason NOT to go against the will of residents and Rezone Rutherford Avenue for one person’s profit.

“The El Camino Real Corridor Plan, launched by the City Council in January 2016, envisions making it easier to travel by car, bike, transit or foot along El Camino Real to boost businesses and possibly reduce traffic congestion.

The plan, which emerged from six public meetings led by a 10-member citizens advisory panel that included Vice Chairman Kevin Bondonno and Commissioner Muhammad Safdari — place the highest priority on allowing all forms of travel while not reducing the number of car lanes. Other priorities include more ground-floor retail and housing, particularly affordable housing.”

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Rutherford Avenue Median Trees Meeting Info

Some of the neighbors in the 100 block have been in touch with CityTrees regarding what will be planted in the median with support of the County.

We will be meeting somewhere in the 110 block of the median at 6:45 on Tuesday, October 24th.

Here are some very rough transcripts of some email exchanges:

We met on site a few weeks back and we talked about some landscape improvements that Citytrees was considering with support of the County. We had a City trees board meeting last night and myself and a few other volunteers are planning an onsite meeting this coming  xxxxxxxxx to review and inventory current trees on site and look at potential planting sites. Feel free to drop in if  your around, more importantly would you be able to meet up some afternoon/night afterward to talk about the plan? Would love to get your thoughts and welcome you to be part of development and implementation to this project. Reply or call anytime with any questions.

Jess Running
District Manager
Davey Tree Expert Co.
Menlo Park Ca


“We met on site last week and have come up with a preliminary plan for a planting project on the median. Would you be able to meet up to discuss our plan? “

“Thinking native oaks, blues, valley, live, possibly native sycamores.”

“I think you’ll have enthusiastic support for those selections. 

I know the neighbors on the north side of the street would love deciduous trees heavily interspersed with live/cork oaks due to the winter sun blockage of live/cork oaks… but also we’d want some live oaks especially at the head of the street for wind control.

We will be losing a lot of tree coverage when the high-rise apartment goes in on the corner and that will create a heck of a wind funnel. 

I’d like cork oaks where possible simply because of their amazingly fast growth in our climate.”