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Palo Alto City Council Actions


June 22, 2012 – Palo Alto Housing Corporation (PAHC) signs agreement to purchase Maybell Orchard site from Sambuceto Partners for $15,580,000  (Three months before initial public meeting.

September 18, 2012 – City Council Study Session for overview of proposed project. Zoning change considered to allow 60 senior units and 15 private homes. Seniors are defined as ‘special needs’ to meet Comprehensive Plan Policy H-3


November 19, 2012 – City Council passes budget amendement to loan PAHC $3.22 million from Housing Fund including $750,000 from Stanford Medical Center funds.

January 17, 2013 – Architectural Review Board review of project.  PAHC requests density bonus concessions, including height increase from 35 ft. to 48 ft.

February 13, 2013 – Planning & Transportation Commission review of project.

March 4, 2013 – City Council budget amendment to loan PAHC an additional $2.6 million from Stanford Medical Center funds.

April 4, 2013 – Architectural Review Board project review

May 9, 2013 – City Housing Mandate Committee hearing. First formal public comment activity with many objections by residents.  Mitigated Negative Declaration issued and approval recommended.

yellow-brick-road-to-bpmMay 17, 2013 – Palo Alto Weekly reports that citizens are ‘irked’ by inclusion of Maybell project in Housing Element before approval, suggesting that the project had been ‘pre-approved’ by the City.

May 22, 2013 – Planning & Transportation Commission approves rezoning the Maybell Avenue property to Planned Community (PC).

June 10, 2013 – City Council review of project with many public comments. Continued to June 13th.

June 13, 2013 – Second City Council review with more public comments. Mayor to chair weekend mediation session between PAHC and residents. Continued to June 17th.

June 17, 2013 – City Council approves project with reduction in number of market-rate homes from 15 to 12, height reduction of homes on Maybell Avenue to 2-story and increased setbacks.

June 24, 2013 – City Council approves budget amendment to revise the Comprehensive Plan, updating VTA model for traffic predictions to include land use changes and projects for estimating traffic loads as originally behind-the-curtainrecommended by residents traffic consultant.

June 28, 2013 – City Council approves Maybell project on second reading.  Residents file notice of petition to force voter referendum on ordinance.


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