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Portola Valley report on affordable housing

Original post made on Jun 13, 2013

In planning for housing affordable to people of low and moderate incomes, as state law requires, a committee of volunteers advised the Portola Valley Town Council to go with second units, below-market-rate homes built in new subdivisions, and on-site employee housing associated with commercial enterprises or institutions.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 13, 2013, 11:32 AM

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Posted by PV resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jun 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm

The final portion of this statement (see excerpt below) has been a mantra in other articles, and is opinion, partial truth, not pure fact. It feels as if the reporter employs the premise that if you say it often enough, it becomes the truth. An article on the history of this issue would be welcomed but in general it appears the powers that be prefer to move forward rather than dipping back into history --- tho' we all know acknowledging history is the best way to avoid repeating it. Most signals from last night's meeting bode well for an open and community-wide effort going forward regarding the Affordable Housing issue.

The council came very close to buying a 1.68-acre former nursery at 900 Portola Road for some small number of condos that would have been unaffiliated. This proposal elicited vigorous opposition from single-family homeowners on nearby Wyndham Drive. The council was acting hastily, the neighbors said, and in secret, complaints that were at odds with the record.

News reporting should be fact, not opinion, please.

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Posted by yello
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Uh oh. There's goes the neighborhood!

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Posted by thinking out loud
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jun 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I'm not opposed to condos, but with the cost of dirt being what it is in PV today, it's hard to imagine being able to build a project that would actually be affordable to individuals making $86,500 or $123,000 for a family of four. If the town owned a parcel where the basis was low enough to make my former statement wrong, I suppose it may be possible. However, it doesn't seem the case and the town needs to buy a parcel on the open market. My hunch is that there's enough money and motivation in PV as individuals or group investors to outbid the town in an open market situation so as to effectively block any development proponents don't want built.

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Posted by Sunshine
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jun 13, 2013 at 7:14 pm

To yello: I hope you were making a joke; if not, your off the cuff remark is offensive to residents who have attended many meetings and are earnestly trying to meet the demands for affordable housing on an appropriate, safe site. Though you live in Menlo Park, please come to the meetings to see the turn-out and active participation.

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Posted by yello
a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2013 at 8:49 am

I was kind of kidding. I qualify for low-income housing but I am aware that NIMBY is a sad reality.

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