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Atherton council considers annexing school land to add more housing

Original post made on Feb 22, 2023

Atherton officials are looking into annexing county land that could be turned into housing for educators and school staff, a different approach to state-mandated housing goals for the town.

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Posted by Private citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 22, 2023 at 3:38 pm

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Can Menlo Park use county land to build a housing project so the numbers can count towards our city’s housing development requirement??? Then the city council could remove some of the parcels along Bay and Marsh from the housing element to help reduce the huge impacts of overdevelopment on the East part of the city. Kind of what Atherton hopes to do for Steph Curry — so that we can maintain our quality of life as well.
And, as you ponder developing housing in Holbrook Palmer, you might want to consider just how much “affordable” housing Menlo Park plans to shoe-horn into the areas along Bay Rd and Marsh Rd. Because we’re “right thinking”, we hope to add more than 2.5x the number of affordable units required by the state. And then there’s the domino effect of removing all zoning protections— where developers such as Bohanon are overjoyed by our council’s eagerness to remove said zoning as this enables them to build like crazy in the same areas. (What’s not to love about carte blanche zoning??) Then there are other large, non-housing developments like the county’s plans to build an elaborate sports arena at Flood Park.

And because we’re neighborly, we’re happy to share the impacts of our efforts with Lindenwood residents. Not to worry, it wont seriously impact Atherton residents…unless they plan on leaving their homes during school, after-school or work rush hours.
Time to build those rooftop heli-pads, y’all!

After the dust settles, there will be relatively few affordable rental housing units (with no option for residents to buy) in exchange for a whole lot more office space and market rate housing and amenities.
Mark Z. predicts that over the next five years, roughly 50% of all Facebook employees will work from home. Enrollment in our public schools has been steadily declining. And neighbors who can afford to leave continue to do so. Then what happens to the glut of office space and market rate housing?
Affordable housing? A win-win!

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