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Council waives more rules to stoke North Bayshore housing

Original post made on Sep 21, 2019

A 635-unit housing project on Pear Avenue is the first in a wave of new residential projects envisioned for North Bayshore, but the development has already faced a series of challenges meeting the city’s requirements.

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Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2019 at 6:33 pm

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This story is going to be a demonstration of how arbitrary the City acts, especially where the city makes this claim:

"So the question came to the council: Should Sobrato get an exception to start building the offices early? Public Works Director Mike Fuller suggested it made sense just to grant a one-time waiver. He estimated the Shoreline Boulevard trip cap would only be about 50 vehicles over its limit. In particular, he pointed out that a series of traffic improvements are scheduled to get finished just after the offices would be ready for occupancy in late 2021."

THis "esception" proves that the laws and regulations are not real. You cannot allow a "one-time waiver" for those who break the laws. It's like allowing a special permission to provide an unsafe building or intersection. If the city allows this, it will simply be the first domino to drop and all the following ones will drop in suit.

The City is confronted with having to finally follow through with their rules or drop them entirely.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Sep 22, 2019 at 6:53 am

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Having added so many jobs to the area and with many more in the pipeline, the City should not be allowing significant new office space - only housing with money and land for schools and other infrastructure. One consequence of adding still-more office space will be more state laws mandating multi-story housing across Mountain View - including in every single-family neighborhood and with little or no onsite parking required. Residential street curbs will be packed with cars and trucks. It will take sone time for developers to put together the land for this new midrise or highrise housing. But in a decade, Mountain View could be appropriately re-named Mountain No-View.

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 24, 2019 at 1:48 pm

Editor - I think the (sub) headline is in error because it does not make clear, the City Council cannot waive school fees that are assessed by the Mountain View Whisman (K-8) and MVLA (high school) districts. The Education Code that allows the public school districts to assess those particular per-square-foot (minimal) development fees is not under the public policy control of the City of MV or it's Council.

I'm pretty darn sure that neither the MVWSD or MVLA Boards would vote for a reduction in those school facility support fees!

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