The Planning Process

PTT is fighting Measure L because we believe that Pacifica should have a say in how its future will be determined. Many of the problems Pacifica now has are a result of bad decisions made during the 40s and 50s by San Mateo County. Back then, there was no local planning commission or department familiar with Pacifica's unique geography. As a result, Pacifica was overbuilt in regards to Highway One's traffic capacity. Unfortunately, some undeveloped parts of Pacifica are zoned buildable. The Quarry is the largest and most centrally located. Several large parcels along Fassler Ave. have started the public planning process, while paper streets in Rockaway Canyon, Vallemar, and East Sharp Park are also being targeted for development.

If new development would help Pacifica as some have suggested, then why haven't the various housing developments that have been built in the last 15 years pulled Pacifica out of the financial doldrums that it is in?

Pacifica has required every other developer of land in Pacifica to go thru its planning process before starting to build. Why should this developer be treated any differently? While not perfect, the public planning process, is in place so that the nitty gritty details of a project are worked out ensuring that all proposed projects meet Pacifica's zoning and ordinances and to gave the public its opportunity to shape the future of our town. Unfortunately, this developer has chosen to ignore this process. Many of the issues that PTT and other organizations like the Sierra Club, Committee for Green Foothills, and Pacificans for Sustainable Development are raising are ones that would be addressed and resolved in the planning process. This is why PTT fighting with such vigor, because there is no plan, and Pacifica has no idea how these 355 houses will be built. It is also possible that this developer, if Measure L is approved, could sell the property to another developer like Trammel Crow and we would be stuck with whatever that developer "gives" us.

These are just a few of the reasons why your fellow Pacificans are working to defeat Measure L. We hope that you will join PTT in defeating Measure L on November 7th.

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