Many of the residents may not know or understand what is required. In the past efforts that had an impact on the community such as the effort to develop Portola Valley Ranch and define standards to build near the fault were the subject of outreach and education programs by the Town Council and Planning Commission. Such a program has yet to be developed for BMR housing yet variances are being granted and actions initiated.
BMR deserves to be explained and alternatives and consequences described. Given the publicity of the topic in Menlo Park and elsewhere it should be treated in another manner in Portola Valley.