- Councilmember, District 10
- Councilmember, District 10
SAVE ALMADEN LAKE S C V Water District, City of San Jose, CA Cal-Fire: PROTECT US FROM FIRE: PRESERVE ALMADEN LAKE
Almaden Lake is a long time landmark in our community and is slated to be redesigned by the Water District. Not only is it beautiful it is used by Cal-Fire to put out fires here in the Santa Teresa Foothills. The Santa Clara Valley Water District has decided to clean up and redesign the lake. Some of the options include filling in all or part of the lake with land. This is undesirable for the residents as well as for anyone who enjoys the water feature. This is particularly dangerous because the lake is used to put out fires in our foothills.
THIS IS THE OLDER PETITION. PLEASE FIND THE NEWER ONE.
City of San Jose, Planning Building & Code Enforcement - Attn: Jeff Roche - Ref: PDC 13 - 032: There is a creek running directly behind the proposed site. Any runoff from the Gas Station however minimal would result in contamination of ground water that we all depend on. The air around gas stations have been found to have significantly higher levels of carcinogens such as Benzene that put current and future generations at higher risk for various cancers. Many of us have been drawn to the Silver Creek area and paid a premium primarily for the peace and tranquility of this area. Having a gas station in the middle of this area would result in higher levels of noise and pollution and make this a less desirable area for current and future residents. Having a gas station would increase the traffic in this area causing congestion especially during school hours as there are two elementary schools located very close to the proposed site. There are several species of birds and animals that make their home in the green area directly behind the proposed site. The proposed site will adversely impact their current habitat. Given these and several other factors we the residents of the Silver Creek Valley communities strongly oppose the idea of a gas station and/or a car wash in the proposed Canyon Creek Plaza site.
VOTE NO on (PDC14-030 & PD14-030), a request for PD rezoning to allow for construction of a gas station/car wash tunnel/convenience store project in Canyon Creek Plaza on Silver Creek Valley Road.
The applicant’s case for approval of this project basically comes down to their belief that the project meets City regulations, solves for the inconvenience that they believe the community currently experiences, reduces miles driven, reduces tax leakage, conserves water, makes use of an under utilized parking lot, is similar to many other projects that the City has approved, therefore, this one should be approved too. There is no proof, evidence or data that this project would provide any of the benefits that the applicants claim in making their case for approval. No reduction of miles driven No sales tax leakage No conservation of water No additional convenience Does not meet a demonstrated need within the community Does not utilize an underutilized property Is dissimilar from any other project the City has approved in the past Utilizes a parking study that is 19 months old Utilizes a noise study based on flawed methodology that does not reflect the reality of the noise generated by the project in a real-time manner In addition, this project… Has not been recommended by the Planning Commission Does not comply with Riparian Corridor Policy Study Guidline1B: Incompatible Land Uses Does not comply with Riparian Corridor Policy Study Guideline 2F: Noise Creates unacceptable traffic circulation within the shopping center Does not provide a car-wash stacking lane that complies with the City requirement Creates the danger of fuel tanker spills very close to an active and important creek Limits the future use of the property and would require a very expensive clean up, to be used for anything other than a gas station, limiting the interest of potential developers Has not demonstrated that it is needed or desired by the community Has not demonstrated that the community is currently inconvenienced and that this project represents wanted convenience Represents a threat to existing business Eliminates parking that the existing businesses need in order to grow Goes into direct competition with the anchor tenant of the Plaza For all of the above stated reasons we strongly urge the City Council to DENY the request for zoning change