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?

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