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LWVPA Natural Resources Positions

NATURAL RESOURCES

PALO ALTO LAND USE AND PLANNING (Revised 1993, 2007, 2017)
Support of continued efforts toward effective general planning in Palo Alto.

TRANSPORTATION (Revised 1993, 2007, 2017)
Support of transportation planning measures and actions by the City of Palo Alto that promote efficient flow of traffic, that minimize the use of single occupant vehicles (SOVs), that are designed to provide safe and convenient transportation for motorized vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians, and that reduce greenhouse gases (GHG). The overall transit system should address the needs of mobility for all, be designed to reach employment, educational and shopping locations, and be effectively and efficiently coordinated.

FOOTHILLS (Revised 1993, 2004, 2017)
Support of measures to retain the maximum possible undeveloped land in the Palo Alto foothills with efforts to preserve, protect, and restore landscape resilience, characterized by healthy functioning ecosystems. By foothills, we mean lands between Foothill Expressway and Skyline Boulevard within the City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto sphere of influence.

BAYLANDS (1976, 1977, 1978; revised 1993, 2004, 2017)
Support of measures to retain the maximum possible undeveloped land in the Palo Alto Baylands with safeguards to preserve and protect the natural quality of the land and with particular emphasis on the impacts of climate change (especially sea-level rise). By Baylands, we mean lands between Bayshore Freeway and the Bay within the City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto sphere of influence.

WATERSHED (1968, 2004, 2017)
Support of measures to protect the watershed from sedimentation, erosion, pollution, and flooding.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT (2004 - previously part of Watershed Position; 2017)
Support of:
1. Planning for implementation of more advanced sewage treatment which would consider environment, need, economic feasibility, and technological advances
2. Encouraging reclamation and reuse of wastewater
3. Assumption by industry of the responsibility for its special wastes.

STANFORD LAND USE (Joint position with LWV South San Mateo County, 1974) (Revised 1997)
The League supports area-wide planning to assure uses of Stanford lands that will have a beneficial impact on housing, open space, transportation, and the housing/job ratio.

Support of a range of housing opportunities for University students, faculty, and staff, and those employed on Stanford lands, in relation to the range of income levels.

Support of adequate open space and recreation facilities in the mid-peninsula.

Support of an interjurisdictional planning mechanism to assure timely and adequate information regarding proposals, public involvement at all stages, and coordinated decision making.

Support of transportation facilities which minimize the use of private automobiles and encourage a closer relationship between housing and employment.

For more detail, see Natural Resources Positions