LETTER. Dated 1/22/2020. Resist Density attorney, Brian Gaffney writes to San Mateo County Planning to encourage them to follow their own rules.Gaffney Letter to SMCO
Some Copy and Pasted Tidbits from the Letter.
Worth a full read.
“The County Has Failed to Follow Its Own Zoning Regulations in Review of the Proposed Project.
The Staff Report and its Attachments Do Not Contain Adequate Environmental Review.
- There is No Analysis of Emergency Evacuation and Public Safety Impacts.
- There is No Analysis of Storm Water Runoff Impacts to Montara Creek and the Fitzgerald Area of Specific Biological Significance.
- Failure to Address Traffic Concerns Raised by Caltrans. Rather than undertake traffic calming measures or pedestrian crossings with beacons, MidPen now only suggests the cheaper (and likely less-effective) distribution of literature to discourage residents from crossing the highway to access the Pacific Ocean, the lighthouse, and southbound bus lines.
- Also, MidPen has not proposed to pay for the traffic signals and roundabouts being considered.
There Has Been an Inadequate Analysis of Project Impacts from Hazardous Materials.
The Proposed Project is Inconsistent with the Coastal Act and the San Mateo County LCP
The Coastal Act requires that new residential development must “be located within, contiguous with, or in close proximity to, existing developed areas able to accommodate it”, and “where it will not have significant adverse effects, either individually or cumulatively on coastal resources.” Coastal Act section 30250. It is clear that the traffic, public access, emergency evacuation, hazardous material, and discharge impacts of the proposed project are likely to have significant adverse impacts, and that after years of preparation neither MidPen nor the County are willing to engage in necessary analysis of impacts and mitigations for the project. Numerous traffic impacts are undoubtedly unavoidable. Thus, the project violates the Coastal Act. ”
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