Petition in Opposition to Proposed Development at East Blithedale & Camino Alto
PETITION IN OPPOSITION TO
PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT at
EAST BLITHEDALE & CAMINO ALTO
(rendering of proposed development at 575 E. Blithedale -
the vacant lot just west of Camino Alto)
To: Mill Valley Planning Department -
Planning Commission, City Council
From: Mill Valley Residents
We, the undersigned residents of Mill Valley, hereby submit this petition to deny the application for the proposed real estate development of 20 residential units at 575 East Blithedale Avenue at the Camino Alto intersection and across from Ryan and Nelson Avenues.
Developer Phil Richardson has applied to the City for approval of a General Plan Amendment which includes Rezoning of the parcel, a Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map and Design Review to construct 20 attached residential units up to three stories in height (with a total front elevation of more than 75 feet due to the steepness of the slope) on a 1.2 acre site northwest of the intersection of E. Blithedale and Camino Alto (Parcel #30-021-47).
In order to accommodate residential construction, the lot would have to be rezoned from its current PA – Professional Administrative Office to a Planned Development (PD) designation.
We believe the request for re-zoning should be denied because:
The development would result in unacceptable adverse impacts on public safety and traffic congestion due to the increased number of vehicles attempting ingress and egress onto East Blithedale, at what is already the city’s most congested and subpar rated intersection. The development proposes height, unit density and building massing that is grossly inappropriate and out of charactger of the surrounding neighborhoods and structures, which would result in material and significant adverse impacts on those neighborhoods, in direct violation of the City's Design Guidelines and the General Plan. The conclusions of the EIR that the project will have no significant impacts which cannot be mitigated, particularly with regard to traffic, are unrealistic and without basis in fact. The development’s unit per acre density would result in the complete loss of valuable open space.
THEREFORE, we the undersigned do respectfully request that the Planning Commission and the City Council deny the applicant’s proposal and the rezoning of the property at 575 East Blithedale Avenue.
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