Posted by Baffled, a resident of the Menlo Park: The Willows neighborhood, on Dec 22, 2006 at 12:33 pm
It's a little late to rethink the Derry Project. Stayin current on the council's agenda and adding your voice early could make an impression on the Planning Commission's, the Council's and the developer's thinking. Now is not the time. Get involved in the planning for the remaining Stanford parcels on El Camino Real now. Monday morning quarterbacking is futile. If you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
Posted by Baffled by Baffled, a resident of the Menlo Park: Belle Haven neighborhood, on Dec 22, 2006 at 2:12 pm
It's been a long time since "adding a voice" to council discussions has felt even slightly productive. The developers decide what they want, and the council rolls over (anyone hear all the dithering last Tuesday about kowtowing to developers for fear they might leave Menlo Park if they have to endure any opposition? If that were the case, we wouldn't still be hearing from the O'Brien Group, would we?)
My understanding is that Menlo Park is not a party to Stanford's plans, and it's not clear that anyone on the council or staff has any idea what to do with the Stanford parcels. No doubt we'll wait until Stanford tells us their thoughts, then acquiesce without a murmur.
Posted by AlsoBaffled, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Dec 22, 2006 at 5:20 pm
Seems to me that once a project reaches any commission or the council, it's really "set" by the developer. Changes are unlikely by them because they've already spent a lot of design money and time, and after all they are asking for what they want, not what Menlo Park wants.
Who listens to the residents any more? Not even the new council seems to, given the results of the recent meetings.
We really need some plans and some backbone in this town. I'm really fearful of the free-for-all that is being promoted by recent approvals of virtually every project that comes along, whether it fits within city rules or not. Only the referendum effort has had any chance of slowing just one project. Now Stanford and the shopping center/Palo Alto will be dumping all kinds of new traffic onto Menlo Park at the same time we need to rejuvenate our own central corridor.
Time for residents to start screaming for some leadership.