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News - January 19, 2018

LASD school deal kick-starts major office development

Council allows six projects to move ahead in East Whisman, San Antonio

by Kevin Forestieri

As part of a hard-fought effort to bring a new school to the San Antonio area, Mountain View City Council members reluctantly agreed to allow six dense projects — five of them office developments — to move forward despite being larger than the existing zoning allows.

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Posted by Demand more and better
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 19, 2018 at 8:26 am

As I posted in response to another article on this subject::

My off the cuff reply would be that not enough public input was received early on in the process -- during the study session -- when the whole TDR scheme was first brought forth as a way to facilitate the deal. Secondarily, perhaps council believes they are serving the "greater good" with their decision on Tuesday however, something that is going to have this large an impact on all Mountain View residents - forever - should have received substantial public notification and ability to give input prior to committing to any deals.

Mountain View residents have every right to "have a seat at the table" in the decision making process which involves $23 million of taxpayer dollars, especially when it comes to the giveaway of the TDRs which includes removing ALL FUTURE REQUIREMENTS OF PUBLIC BENEFITS on any of those development sites. The TDRs alone are worth an estimated $80 million dollars. The combined loss of public benefits on those sites is estimated at well over $12 million dollars. Look at the gatekeeper requests for the TDR sites, several are seeking multiple variances, including allowing additional height (from the allowed six to eight stories in height for one development in the San Antonio Precise Plan area) reduced setbacks, bonus FAR, removing retail and HOUSING requirements. All with no additional requirements for ANY public benefit for the residents of Mountain view from ANY of these developments. NOTHING.

The impact of these developments will be felt by ALL Mountain View residents -- it's MORE commercial development, with NO public benefits required, traded for NO guarantee of a neighborhood school in the San Antonio Precise Plan Area.

Mountain View Residents should be paying attention because this is NOT a good deal, instead it adds even MORE to our already egregiously bad jobs/housing imbalance, and this scheme will continue to drive up the housing costs and add significantly to traffic impacts across the city. And still, no guarantee of a public neighborhood school for Mountain View children in that area.


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