Saturday, September 5, 2009

How Interesting:
I found nothing about this meeting on the;
city calender
, the OMVNA website,
or city documents.

Further nothing to address the Evelyn area update proposed to install high density housing here:
Central Neighborhoods Area Workshop
Mountain View City Hall, 500 Castro Street
Thu, Sep 10th, 2009 / 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

Where are we in the General Plan Update process?
The City of Mountain View's General Plan Update began with a visioning process in Summer
2008, when community members engaged in discussions about a common vision for the future
of the city and how to best direct and design growth and development to achieve the
community vision. In Spring 2009, the City hosted a round of community meetings and
targeted outreach forums in neighborhoods across the city to inform general land use
directions. These ideas were then refined by the City and are now being presented for review
at seven community workshops and additional targeted outreach meetings to confirm broad
planning direction and gather specific feedback regarding land use, built form and character,
and other key topics, such as village node prototypes and neighborhood-specific planning
issues. This feedback will help shape the forthcoming General Plan land use alternatives.


I had a conversation with Nancy Minicucci, the Deputy Zoning Administration in charge of the redevelopment of the Minton properties, on Friday.

You should have all received cards in the mail announcing the “General Plan – Community Meeting” on Thursday at 6:30PM. According to Nancy, (I have her permission to be quoted on this), this is the single most important meeting this year that anyone in the public can attend who wants to give input into the future of our neighborhood zoning. As you know, part of Prometheus Real Estate Group’s strategy in getting their massive apartment blocks built in our neighborhood is to change both the general and precise zoning plans for our neighborhood to allow high density housing. If the general and precise plans are amended, we will lose the protection by law that prohibits building something that is more than 5 times the density of the surrounding neighborhood.

How you spend the 2 hours from 6:30-8:30PM on Thursday, September 10, could make a bigger difference on our future quality of life than anything else you do this year. Please seriously consider attending this meeting and stating firmly that you want no changes in our zoning laws and no high density housing (this means 3x density of Houghton St/Minton Lane/Front Lane or higher) in our neighborhood.

I asked Nancy some questions about the meeting format. Here’s some basic information:

(1) There will be an presentation updating the neighborhood on the results of the previous meeting
(2) There will be comment cards on which questions can be addressed to people in the Mountain View city government
(3) There will be a small group activity where people in the group can discuss the General Plan in smaller groups
(4) There will be an opportunity for public comments at the end of the meeting.

So, we have the opportunity to

(1) Write a comment card asking our government officials why they believe higher density is good for our neighborhood
(2) Stand up during the public comment period and say we don’t want changes in the zoning laws that protect our quality of life and we don’t want the current Prometheus apartment block proposal approved
(3) Persuade the members of our small groups that keeping the existing zoning laws is essential to preserving our quality of our neighborhoods, and that they too should oppose the Prometheus apartment block proposal.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all there, and making a strong statement in favor of preserving or neighborhood! Let’s commit to keep all that is good in Mountain View and only accepting changes that improve our city and quality of life!

Here’s the meeting info from the card, in case you missed it:

General Plan -- Community Meeting

Join us! Participate in a second community workshop for the Central Neighborhoods Area as part of the City’s General Plan Update Explore concepts and images developed from previous community workshops and input on how different areas of the City could change in the future.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 – 6:30PM and 8:30PM, City Hall, 500 Castro St.

For further information, including dates and locations of community meetings for other areas of the City, please visit, e-mail or call (650)-903-6306.

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