Vote "No" to More Urban Sprawl at Page Mill/El Camino
A for-profit developer has petitioned the City of Palo Alto to allow yet another large “Planned Community” development, this time squarely at the already too-congested and dangerous Page Mill/El Camino intersection. The request, a large commercial and retail building in the midst of a wave of a dozen other such requests within a one mile radius, would severely impact the traffic and livability in the area’s quiet residential community. (See map.)
There are many opportunities to use development to enhance Palo Alto’s unique character, including potential buildings on the land in question. This just isn’t one of them.
The commercial developer, Pollock Group, has requested that the City rezone 2755 El Camino Real, located at the intersection with Page Mill Road, from a “Commercial Service” zone to a “Planned Community” zone. (See Palo Alto’s City Planning Commission website.)
The application is for a four-story, 33,500-square-foot building at the site, for mixed office and retail banking use. This is almost 4 times the size of a building that would conform to the “Commercial Service” zoning.
The large commercial building would abut the quiet residential communities on either side, obstructing their views and subjecting them to noise pollution as vehicles entered and exited the complex.
Although the developer has failed to conduct any formal traffic study as of this writing, it is certain that the project would worsen Palo Alto’s already-increasing traffic woes. The vehicles of workers and retail customers would add to the congestion at the failing Page Mill/El Camino intersection.
Worse yet, the added traffic would create significant hazards, noise, and delays on the surrounding residential surface streets, as vehicles looped through the community in order to return to Page Mill Road and El Camino or simply in order to avoid the intersection.
Please Join Us & Act Now:
This is too large a building, generating too many more traffic problems for local residents, too close to an intersection that is already a major bottleneck. Other development of that land which would create a real gateway to Palo Alto and which would actually comply with Palo Alto’s official Comprehensive Plan is entirely feasible. Please join us in petitioning the City Council to refuse to initiate this project by signing the petition below online or in writing.