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February 11, 2016



I think someone should buy Gina Papan a dictionary--one that has "sustainable" included.

Millbrae officials concerned about the potential harmful side effects of substantial future growth are set to lay the groundwork for hiking the fees charged to developers interested in building projects near the city’s rail station.

The Millbrae City Council will discuss during a meeting Tuesday, March 22, a report making a case for increasing rates builders must pay to the city when proposing a project in the boundaries of the Millbrae Station Area Plan.

Development fees are commonly charged by cities in an attempt to offset the cost incurred through increased demand on local infrastructure generated by an influx of new residents and workers.

Councilwoman Gina Papan said considering the fee hikes are a smart way to ensure the lasting economic viability of the city, as large mixed-use and transit-oriented developments are expected to be proposed in the coming years near the intersection of El Camino Real and Millbrae Avenue.

“This is a prime example of how we are trying to make Millbrae sustainable,” she said. “We have to ensure any new development will be sustainable to the city of Millbrae, and not negatively impact the Millbrae residents.”



More of the same from our northern neighbor:

Millbrae residents staunchly opposed a development proposal near the city’s train station, claiming the sweeping commercial and residential project is incongruent with the community’s character.

The Millbrae City Council initially reviewed Tuesday, Jan. 23, plans to redevelop property adjacent to the Millbrae Caltrain and BART station into 444 housing units, more than 290,000 square feet of offices and approximately 13,200 square feet of retail spaces in one nine-story and two 10-story towers.

While officials have shown a general receptiveness to the Serra Station proposal, the dozens of residents who packed City Hall held a different opinion — claiming the development would wreck their quality of life.


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