The planning commission is having a hearing on a new Office Complex that consists of two buildings over 100 feet high*, twice the height that the current zoning allows with a total of 528,520 square feet of office space and over 1,500 parking spaces at the corner of Bransten and Industrial.
The basis of this determination is because instead of counting the actual traffic that the current tenants have, they are claiming a theoretical shopping center, a theoretical Health Center, a theoretical General Office Building and theoretical light industrial use generate 2,389 trips per day currently, based on a “traffic model”.
We feel this is being done so that the city can subtract 2,389 trips from the new projects assessed trips of 4,653 trips per day. This makes the impact significantly lower, low enough so that an Environmental Impact Report does not need to be performed.
We find this a manipulation of the actual impacts to the project. For the money that the city spent we find it unconscionable that actual traffic data was not used.
Additionally please note that there is nothing in the traffic study that looks at the impact of those 4,653 vehicle trips cutting through our residential neighborhood.
Not coincidentally this “lack of impact” on our city streets is the reason the city is declaring there is no need for an environmental impact report on the project.
from the Planning Commission packet: Per the draft Planned Development Plan, the mechanical/HVAC equipment would be allowed to have a maximum height of 100’ if the applicant can demonstrate that it would not be visible behind the roof screen.
The applicant is requesting the Planned Development to exceed the maximum height of 50’ allowed the GCI District.
The roof screen is proposed to be 97’-2”.
It is critical that concerned San Carlos residents show up at tomorrow’s Planning Commission meeting and voice their concerns over this project. If you cannot make it to the meeting you will need to email or send the city your feedback before June 6, 2016.
The San Carlos Planning Commission meeting is being held Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the City Hall Council Chamber, 600 Elm Street San Carlos, California.
The Planning commission packet is included here:
As well as the Traffic Study:
More info on this project can be found here: