Sunday, July 26, 2015

GPA Comparison - Comment by 4:30pm on July 31

GPA Comparison - Comment by July 31 4:30pm

Although no more development allocation is added on May 19th, a new General Plan was still approved back on December 4th, 2014. The comparison tables published on site confirmed that the new General Plan "Community Vision 2040" (CV2040) is a massive rewrite of the 2000-2020 General Plan. The reason given in the comparison table is often 'edited', 'grammatical edits', 'split' or 'merged' and they are not required for any State Law or Housing Element.

Ever since July 2013, not one meeting notice or staff report mentioned the "new" General Plan until October 2014, just a few days before it was scheduled to be approved. Almost everyone believed that CV2040 only contains cleanup items to comply with Housing Element and State Laws. The most alarming is that CV2040 removed many policies without any discussion by the Council or explicit approval by the Council. Most notably policies to maintain a tolerable Level of Service (LOS) for traffic, to main job-housing balance, protection from quarry pollution, preservation of hillside views.

Other cities, such as Palo Also, San Jose, Sunnyvale and Campbell, announce that the city is working on a new General Plan well in advance and form an Advisory Committee or a Task Force consisting of mainly residents. The process normally takes 4 years. Even Cupertino had formed a Task Force of 63 members back in 2003 for the previous General Plan and the Council approved policies and even wording one by one over several months. So, Cupertino's new General Plan did not follow accepted procedure for such comprehensive update.

Cupertino Council should rescind the new General Plan and follow the proper procedure to review and approve the plan through multiple meetings to give the residents ample time to review and comment and give the Council members ample time to deliberate.
Please provide your input and written comments by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015 at and
Paid for by Cupertino Residents for Sensible Zoning Action Committee, PO Box 1132, Cupertino, CA 95015, FPPC #1376003

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