Thursday, July 3, 2014

Letter to City regarding General Plan - develop Pedro Point Calson property

Hi Lee,

....  One of the main concerns that I've had over the past few years is that one issue remains unresolved; that would be the Calson property on Pedro Point. As I'm sure you're aware, a neighborhood group wants the entire property dedicated to a future park. The owner of the property wants to put housing, but is willing to accomodate a park on the parcel. The latter makes more sense as, by this time, there has been no sense of how this group, or the city, is going to pay to acquire the property for a park. In addition, after reading the latest Tribune article about the city's budget, it's doubtful that the city has the money to maintain an additional park.

This needs to be resolved. Over the past few years the need for housing has become critical in the Bay Area. I'm sure the planning commission has discussed this with regard to this property in the recent past. And, at this point, it looks like it's being left unresolved for political purposes only. This city has to get past that.

I'm sure we're all aware that there is a group of 'passionate' citizens that would love none other than to tie this property up so that it remains open space indefinitely. I would suggest that now is the time to stop listening to them. Passionate, or not, this city has to wake up to the fact that it's not in this city's best interest to listen to them. An example of where a group like this can lead us is the City of Half Moon Bay. There will always be fanatical voices but, in the end, practical choices need to be made.

Gil Anda

ReferenceCity of Pacifica General Plan update.  ....  all comments on the DEIR must be received no later than July 10, 2014 before 5:00 PM. ....  Comments via email on the DEIR may be sent to:  Please contact Lee Diaz, Associate Planner, at (650) 738-7341 for further information.   

Posted by Kathy Meeh

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If ever there was a property that seemed perfect for development, this is it. Close to the beach, walkable to amenities of two shopping centers, highway access, park and ride nearby, part of a close-knit, vibrant neighborhood. What's the problem? The new houses may even be more attractive than some of the existing housing stock on the Point. If someone's opposed, then put your money where your mouth is. Either make the owner an offer or stop trying to dictate to owners of private property whose proposals are perfectly reasonable.