Pacifica Tribune/Letters to the Editor, 8/10/16. "It’s about housing" by Todd McClune Bray
|Conceptual Land Use Plan,|
75% permanent open space.
Nothing makes NIMBIES happy!
|Developer bags of money|
too heavy for Quarry getaway.
The language of the ballot measure is very vague about what 206 multi-family units could be. Our municipal codes say a multi-family unit has three or more dwellings per structure. That begs the question: if we approve the quarry vote in November are we actually approving 206 units of housing or 618 units, if not more, of housing in the quarry?
Make no mistake, the quarry vote isn’t about hotels, restaurants, office space or commercial retail (all of which could be built without a public vote) the vote is about housing in the quarry period, that will certainly create an entirely new neighborhood of either 206 dwellings or at least 618 apartments in West Rockaway. The ballot language is really that vague.
The Michigan-based developer could walk away with a big bag of money leaving us property owners to subsidize the city services his new neighborhood will require. No matter what way you look at the math for this new quarry, housing just doesn’t add up."
Reference. The Pacifica Quarry Restore and Connect, "The opportunity". The Pacifica Quarry/Updates and Resources, "Conceptual site plan" (scroll down). City of Pacifica Planning, "Proposed Pacifica Quarry reclamation project". City of Pacifica/Quarry ballot initiative, see Quarry Initiative Title and Summary, .... "2) At least 75% of the Quarry site would be designated as permanently-protected open space, including setbacks of at least 100 feet from Calera Creek."
Related. Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop/Staff Writer, 5/5/16, "Pacificans rally against quarry development." Note Photograph/graphics. land use graphic from The Pacifica Quarry/Updates and Resources, "Conceptual site plan." Helicopter from Pacifica Tribune 6/29/16, under a title "Questions big and small concern residents about proposed Quarry development." (?).
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