Neighborhood Safety

Letter to
City of Menlo Park
Menlo Park Housing Element
We, the undersigned (concerned individuals, residents of Stanford Weekend Acres, and surrounding neighborhoods) object to the inclusion of Rural Lane as a site for development of housing to fulfill the City's obligations under the Settlement Agreement or as part of the Housing Element. Our reasons are many but the main ones are that:


IT WOULD PRESENT SIGNIFICANT SAFETY HAZARDS: Creating additional housing at Rural Lane would exponentially increase the hazards on Alpine road given the lack of traffic control, blind turns, excessive number of cars and trucks, narrow road, pedestrian and bike lanes, etc. In fact the county recently voted against a trail proposal by Stanford on the basis of these safety problems. Alpine Road cannot accommodate more traffic. Rural Lane would enter Alpine at a blind spot just before the intersection. Residents of Rural Lane would also have to cross a multipurpose "trail" and deal with dangerous road conditions. This development would put the lives of our children, elderly, commuters, bikers and residents in danger.

DOES NOT FULFILL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT REQUIREMENTS:
Rural Lane is not near any form of public transportation. (The only bus stop was eliminated by CHP on the basis that Alpine Road was too dangerous)

It is not near shops or jobs
It is around 2 1/2 miles from down town
It has no ADA compliant pedestrian walkway, or a safe bicycle route to downtown

IT WOULD UNFAIRLY OVERBURDEN LOS LOMITAS SCHOOL DISTRICT:
Las Lomitas School District is opposed to this development.

IT WOULD SEVERELY IMPACT THE ENVIRONMENT

IT WOULD SEVERELY AND NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF NEARBY RESIDENTS

IT WOULD COMPLETELY ALTER THE COMPOSITION OF STANFORD WEEKEND ACRES TO THE DETRIMENT OF RESIDENTS

IT WOULD PROVIDE A WINDFALL TO STANFORD WITH NO BENEFIT TO THE CITY OR THE NEIGHBORS