On Monday, March 20th, 2017 the City Council will discuss and give direction to Staff regarding the organization of the Comprehensive Plan. This discussion is wide-ranging and is scheduled from 7 to 10 pm.
We encourage you to attend the March 20th City Council meeting at 7 pm to urge the City Council to respect eight years of work by numerous individuals including the current Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC). The City Council should re-think their Jan. 30th decision to “gut” the Comprehensive Plan by separating Programs from Policies. In many cases, the Policies without the Programs are too vague to be meaningful.
Save Palo Alto’s Groundwater members and supporters attended various CAC meetings and provided input on the value of groundwater and soils, their importance on mitigating floods and droughts, groundwater and climate change and safety issues regarding dewatering and construction in areas with high water tables. The CAC, Staff and consultants listened and incorporated some of our input into Palo Alto’s draft Comprehensive Plan. All this input is lost and the Policies greatly weakened when we have the Programs that would support the Policies relegated to at-will appendices.
If you can’t attend, please email the City Council, firstname.lastname@example.org, and let them know their decision, without discussion on Jan. 30th broke the community’s trust by not valuing the time and effort of the former and current members of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Staff and consultants plus the input of many residents, including Save Palo Alto’s Groundwater.
Thank you for your support!