According to the state of California and to the San Mateo City Council, we need to build more housing. Density bonuses are granted to developers for transit-oriented projects.

Two new projects have been submitted to the San Mateo Planning Commission. The Block 21 and Draeger’s Market developments propose a combined five stories of offices with 600 parking spaces. These two sites are blocks from the Caltrain station and are therefore considered transit-oriented. How does adding 600 vehicles to downtown promote transit use, reduce traffic gridlock and minimize climate change?

Only 78 housing units are proposed. Making some of these units affordable does not eliminate the jobs to housing imbalance. The “transit-oriented” designation is being abused.

Bill Williams

San Mateo

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IMHO…too many…most are still living in the past…AKA 20th Century and that century was based on automotive everything.

Meaning to do most anything…you needed to drive to do it, get it, etc.

But…we are 21 years (more than a decade) into the next century…the 21st Century and the young live life very differently than those stuck in the Nixon Era

Take recently ‘barely’ passed Measure Y…impediments to limit the growth of our designated high density areas.

Human society is based on growth and change. Take any societal measure and they are all based on growth/change…GDP, Inflation, etc…or ‘stagnation’ if it isn’t changing/growing.

Walkability score for a bedroom anyone? Those who live in the past either wont’t are or do not understand what that represents…as they wouldn’t walk to public transit, or to shop, or restaurant, or whatever and prefer to drive….

To be fair, our current societal setup is based on over a century of ordinances that are mostly based on an LOS metric…almost a chicken or egg situation, but until we move out of an LOS based Planning/Public-Works ordinances, will we move forward

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