Palo Alto comments: Need parking and facilities for car dwellers and RV and a city pool

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Select one of the goals below to read an annotated version of the existing Community Services and Facilities Element and provide your ideas and comments.  

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY SERVICES & FACILITIES ELEMENT

The Community Services and Facilities Element in the City’s current Comprehensive Plan contains five goals aimed at emphasizing the importance of providing responsive, efficient, and cost-effective community services.

In preparation for the Comprehensive Plan Amendment, a Community Services White Paper was prepared in April 2009 to describe the existing level of services relative to current and projected population in the City of Palo Alto’s neighborhoods and to identify possible gaps in community services that could arise between then and 2020.  A subcommittee of the Planning and Transportation Commission worked with staff of the  Planning and Community Services Departments to review the existing element and identify suggested changes.

On October 4, 2011 a Community Stakeholders meeting, including but not limited to Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, Children Advisory Commission, and Avenidas, was held to discuss any gaps in services and answer a series of questions that would inform the necessary updates to the element.  Planning staff then worked with the Library, Human Relations, and Parks & Recreation Commission on reviewing the proposed changes through a series of public hearings.

The ideas and comments generated through the various outreach efforts were used to inform the changes recommended by the Planning and Transportation Commission.

Click here to view the current Community Services & Facilities Element.

Click here to view the Planning and Transportation Commission’s recommended changes.

What follows is a digital, annotated version of the existing Community Services & Facilities Element with questions and annotations intended to highlight suggested changes recommended by the Planning and Transportation Commission.


EFFICIENT SERVICE DELIVERY

GOAL C-1:  EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT DELIVERY OF COMMUNITY SERVICES

This goal focuses on collaborating with PAUSD, Stanford, and neighboring jurisdictions to reduce the cost of service delivery.  The PTC has recommended that this Goal be changed to “Community Partnership” and introduced a new concept for engaging the community.


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POLICY C-1: Encourage the creation of partnerships within the Mid-Peninsula or the greater Bay Area to seek effective solutions to shared problems and community service needs.

POLICY C-2: Where economies of scale are possible, cooperate with neighboring communities in providing municipal services such as police and fire protection, libraries, and recreation.

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POLICY C-3: Palo Alto should continue to take a leadership role in addressing community service issues that cross jurisdictional lines.

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POLICY C-4: Maintain a close, collaborative relationship with the PAUSD to maximize the use of school services and facilities for public benefit, particularly for young people, families, and seniors.

PROGRAM C-1: In cooperation with existing public and private agencies and PAUSD, develop a service program that will coordinate the efforts of agencies providing services to families and youth in Palo Alto.

PROGRAM C-2: Continue to use the City/School liaison committee to remove barriers to community use of schools and facilities and coordinate other areas of mutual interest.

PROGRAM C-3: Assess the potential for City use of PAUSD facilities for child care, libraries, recreational facilities, community meeting space, education, health care, culture, and computer resources. 

PROGRAM C-4: Work with PAUSD to determine ways that schools can be made more available to the community for weekend and evening use. 

PROGRAM C-5: Consider joint provision of library services with PAUSD.  

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POLICY C-5: Recognize the importance of schools to the social and economic vitality of the City. 

POLICY C-6: Continue and enhance City efforts to assist PAUSD in anticipating and addressing land development-related school enrollment impacts.

PROGRAM C-6: Provide regular status reports to PAUSD on potential and approved development projects.  

PROGRAM C-7: Require an assessment of school impacts prior to the approval of development projects that require legislative acts, including general plan amendments and zoning changes. 

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POLICY C-7: Actively work with private, nonprofit, and public community service organizations to avoid duplication and to coordinate the delivery of services like child care, senior services, and recreation.  

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POLICY C-8: Welcome and encourage corporate citizenship in the provision of community services.    

PROGRAM C-8: Establish a program to facilitate continuing corporate support for community services through contributions of funds, time, materials, and expertise.

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NEW SUBSECTION/CONCEPT:  Engaging with the community

To the goals.


CUSTOMER SERVICE

GOAL C-2:  A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE AND HIGH QUALITY CUSTOMER SERVICE AMONG CITY OF PALO ALTO OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES.

This goal focuses on providing high quality, responsive customer service and reinforces the customer-service ethic.  The PTC has recommended that this goal be changed to “Working with the Community” and that it be listed as the last goal in the element.

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POLICY C-9: Deliver City services in a manner that creates and reinforces positive relationships among City employees, residents, businesses, and other stakeholders.

PROGRAM C-9: Establish performance review criteria for City employees that consider the quality of customer service provided. 

PROGRAM C-10: Establish tangible incentives and enhance rewards and recognition programs to encourage City staff to deliver high quality services.

POLICY C-10: Perform customer-oriented evaluations of City service delivery and develop strategies for improving customer service.  

PROGRAM C-11: Continue to budget for City staff training in customer service-oriented management techniques.

PROGRAM C-12: Encourage City work groups to examine and improve operating procedures.

To the goals.


SOCIAL SERVICES

GOAL C-3:  IMPROVED QUALITY, QUANTITY, AND AFFORDABILITY OF SOCIAL SERVICES, PARTICULARLY FOR CHILDREN, SENIORS, AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

This goal focuses on services for children, youth, seniors and persons with disabilities.  Moreover, it identifies opportunities for coordination among the various agencies and organizations providing these services given the limited resources.  The PTC’s recommendation includes eliminating this goal and splitting the policies and programs under two new goals; “Health and Well Being” and “Planning for the Future.”


POLICY C-11 Support and promote the provision of comprehensive child care services in Palo Alto by public and private providers, including employers.

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PROGRAM C-13: Use the Child Care Master Plan to guide the delivery of child care services. Update and amend this Plan to include standards for evaluating the impacts of new development on child care service needs. 

PROGRAM C-14: Work with the Child Care Advisory Committee to evaluate the feasibility of requiring child care impact assessments for proposed development projects.

POLICY C-12: Coordinate delivery of child care services with other service providers, including the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). 

POLICY C-13: Continue strong support for and long-term commitment to school age child care programs on PAUSD sites. 

POLICY C-14: Encourage inter-generational interaction in providing solutions to child care needs. 

POLICY C-15: In residential or neighborhood commercial development projects, strongly encourage child care and/or senior care facilities, along with measures to mitigate potential conflicts between these facilities and surrounding uses.  

PROGRAM C-15:  Study changes in zoning, parking, and landscaping requirements that would facilitate the development of neighborhood child and/or senior care facilities.

PROGRAM C-16:  Create development incentives (such as increased floor area ratio or reduced parking requirements) for employers or developers who include child and/or senior care facilities in the design of new housing and commercial buildings.

Program C-17:  Facilitate the application process for proposed child and/or senior care centers.  Work with applicants or potential applicants to identify appropriate locations for such centers.

POLICY C-16: Identify existing or potential locations for child and/or senior care in public facilities and actively promote the establishment of such facilities. 

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POLICY C-17:  Continue to support provision, funding, and promotion of services and programs for children and youth (e.g., those offered at the teen center).

PROGRAM C-18: Encourage the continuation and development of after-school and evening programs for children and youth. Maximize participation in such programs by increasing the number of locations where the programs are provided and by supporting transportation options to these locations.

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POLICY C-18: Support and promote the provision of comprehensive senior services in coordination with senior service providers.

POLICY C-19: Continue to support provision, funding, or promotion of services for persons with disabilities through the Human Relations Commission, the Parks and Recreation Division, and other City departments. Support rigorous compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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POLICY C-20: Support and promote services addressing the needs of the unhoused community. 

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NEW CONCEPT:  Health and Well-Being

To the goals.


PARKS AND PUBLIC FACILITIES

GOAL C-4:  ATTRACTIVE, WELL-MAINTAINED COMMUNITY FACILITIES THAT SERVE PALO ALTO RESIDENTS.

This goal focuses on Palo Alto’s parks, community centers, libraries, and other civic buildings that are an important part of what makes the City a desirable place to live.  The PTC has recommended that this goal be changed to “Maintaining Parks and Facilities” and that the existing Goal 5 related to “Access” be included under this goal.


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POLICY C-21: Where appropriate, maintain existing community facilities in public ownership to prevent potential shortages in the future. 

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POLICY C-22: Design and construct new community facilities to have flexible functions to ensure adaptability to the changing needs of the community.

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POLICY C-23: Explore ways to expand the space available in the community for art exhibits, classes and other cultural activities.

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POLICY C-24: Reinvest in aging facilities to improve their usefulness and appearance. Avoid deferred maintenance of City infrastructure.

PROGRAM C-19: Develop improvement plans for the maintenance, restoration and enhancement of community facilities, and keep these facilities viable community assets by investing the necessary resources.

PROGRAM C-20: Conduct comprehensive analyses of long-term infrastructure replacement requirements and costs. 

PROGRAM C-21: Incorporate as an additional criterion used in prioritizing sidewalk repairs, a standard related to the level of pedestrian usage.             

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PROGRAM C-22: Assess the development of a performing arts center as an asset to the community and local economy.

POLICY C-25: Make infrastructure improvements on public open space only when these improvements are consistent with the goals of protecting and conserving the natural environment. 

POLICY C-26: Maintain and enhance existing park facilities.

PROGRAM C-23: Study and recommend methods of private and public financing for improved park maintenance, rehabilitation, and construction. 

PROGRAM C-24: Preserve El Camino Park as a recreational resource for the community.

El Camino Park Restoration Project:  El Camino Park is currently undergoing a major restoration project following the installation of an underground water-supply reservoir which supplements the City of Palo Alto’s Emergency Water Supply and Storage Planning objectives.  The Project is expected to be completed late in 2015.  For more information visit the project webpage by clicking here.

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POLICY C-27: Seek opportunities to develop new parks and recreation facilities to meet the growing needs of residents and employees of Palo Alto.  

PROGRAM C-25: Consider potential park sites when preparing coordinated area plans. 

PROGRAM C-26: In conjunction with new development proposals, pursue creation of park, plaza, or other public gathering places that meet neighborhood needs.  

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POLICY C-28: Use National Recreation and Park Association Standards as guidelines for locating and developing new parks. These guidelines are as follows:

  • Neighborhood parks should be at least two acres in size, although sites as small as one-half acre may be needed as supplementary facilities. The maximum service area radius should be one-half mile. Two acres of neighborhood parkland should be provided for each 1,000 people.
  • District parks should be at least five acres in size. The maximum service area radius should be one mile. Two acres of district park land should be provided for each 1,000 people.
  • A park should be provided within walking distance of all residential neighborhoods and employment areas.  The National Recreation and Park Association defines walking distance as one-half mile.

To the goals.


ACCESS

GOAL C-5:  EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATIONAL, RECREATIONAL, AND CULTURAL SERVICES FOR ALL RESIDENTS.

This goal refers to the location of facilities, their design, and the availability to transportation to reach them.  The PTC has recommended that this goal be incorporated into a new goal related to maintaining parks and facilities.  In addition, they recommend changing the goal heading name to “Expanding Access” and that it be included under the goal which addresses the maintenance of parks and facilities.


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POLICY C-29: Strategically locate public facilities and parks to serve all neighborhoods in the City.

POLICY C-30:  Facilitate access to parks and community facilities by a variety of transportation modes.

POLICY C-31: Facilitate access to educational, recreational, and cultural services by continuing to provide financial assistance programs for residents with low-incomes and/or disabilities. 

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POLICY C-32: Provide fully accessible public facilities to all residents and visitors.  

PROGRAM C-27: Continue to implement Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements in City facilities including, but not limited to, sidewalk curb cuts, building entrances, meeting room access, and sight and hearing adjuncts.

To the goals.

Share your ideas!

Select one of the goals below to read an annotated version of the existing Community Services and Facilities Element and provide your ideas and comments.  

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY SERVICES & FACILITIES ELEMENT

The Community Services and Facilities Element in the City’s current Comprehensive Plan contains five goals aimed at emphasizing the importance of providing responsive, efficient, and cost-effective community services.

In preparation for the Comprehensive Plan Amendment, a Community Services White Paper was prepared in April 2009 to describe the existing level of services relative to current and projected population in the City of Palo Alto’s neighborhoods and to identify possible gaps in community services that could arise between then and 2020.  A subcommittee of the Planning and Transportation Commission worked with staff of the  Planning and Community Services Departments to review the existing element and identify suggested changes.

On October 4, 2011 a Community Stakeholders meeting, including but not limited to Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, Children Advisory Commission, and Avenidas, was held to discuss any gaps in services and answer a series of questions that would inform the necessary updates to the element.  Planning staff then worked with the Library, Human Relations, and Parks & Recreation Commission on reviewing the proposed changes through a series of public hearings.

The ideas and comments generated through the various outreach efforts were used to inform the changes recommended by the Planning and Transportation Commission.

Click here to view the current Community Services & Facilities Element.

Click here to view the Planning and Transportation Commission’s recommended changes.

What follows is a digital, annotated version of the existing Community Services & Facilities Element with questions and annotations intended to highlight suggested changes recommended by the Planning and Transportation Commission.


EFFICIENT SERVICE DELIVERY

GOAL C-1:  EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT DELIVERY OF COMMUNITY SERVICES

This goal focuses on collaborating with PAUSD, Stanford, and neighboring jurisdictions to reduce the cost of service delivery.  The PTC has recommended that this Goal be changed to “Community Partnership” and introduced a new concept for engaging the community.


POLICY C-2: Where economies of scale are possible, cooperate with neighboring communities in providing municipal services such as police and fire protection, libraries, and recreation.

PROGRAM C-1: In cooperation with existing public and private agencies and PAUSD, develop a service program that will coordinate the efforts of agencies providing services to families and youth in Palo Alto.

PROGRAM C-2: Continue to use the City/School liaison committee to remove barriers to community use of schools and facilities and coordinate other areas of mutual interest.

PROGRAM C-3: Assess the potential for City use of PAUSD facilities for child care, libraries, recreational facilities, community meeting space, education, health care, culture, and computer resources. 

PROGRAM C-4: Work with PAUSD to determine ways that schools can be made more available to the community for weekend and evening use. 

PROGRAM C-5: Consider joint provision of library services with PAUSD.  

POLICY C-6: Continue and enhance City efforts to assist PAUSD in anticipating and addressing land development-related school enrollment impacts.

PROGRAM C-6: Provide regular status reports to PAUSD on potential and approved development projects.  

PROGRAM C-7: Require an assessment of school impacts prior to the approval of development projects that require legislative acts, including general plan amendments and zoning changes. 

PROGRAM C-8: Establish a program to facilitate continuing corporate support for community services through contributions of funds, time, materials, and expertise.

To the goals.


CUSTOMER SERVICE

GOAL C-2:  A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE AND HIGH QUALITY CUSTOMER SERVICE AMONG CITY OF PALO ALTO OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES.

This goal focuses on providing high quality, responsive customer service and reinforces the customer-service ethic.  The PTC has recommended that this goal be changed to “Working with the Community” and that it be listed as the last goal in the element.

PROGRAM C-9: Establish performance review criteria for City employees that consider the quality of customer service provided. 

PROGRAM C-10: Establish tangible incentives and enhance rewards and recognition programs to encourage City staff to deliver high quality services.

POLICY C-10: Perform customer-oriented evaluations of City service delivery and develop strategies for improving customer service.  

PROGRAM C-11: Continue to budget for City staff training in customer service-oriented management techniques.

PROGRAM C-12: Encourage City work groups to examine and improve operating procedures.

To the goals.


SOCIAL SERVICES

GOAL C-3:  IMPROVED QUALITY, QUANTITY, AND AFFORDABILITY OF SOCIAL SERVICES, PARTICULARLY FOR CHILDREN, SENIORS, AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

This goal focuses on services for children, youth, seniors and persons with disabilities.  Moreover, it identifies opportunities for coordination among the various agencies and organizations providing these services given the limited resources.  The PTC’s recommendation includes eliminating this goal and splitting the policies and programs under two new goals; “Health and Well Being” and “Planning for the Future.”


POLICY C-11 Support and promote the provision of comprehensive child care services in Palo Alto by public and private providers, including employers.

PROGRAM C-14: Work with the Child Care Advisory Committee to evaluate the feasibility of requiring child care impact assessments for proposed development projects.

POLICY C-12: Coordinate delivery of child care services with other service providers, including the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). 

POLICY C-13: Continue strong support for and long-term commitment to school age child care programs on PAUSD sites. 

POLICY C-14: Encourage inter-generational interaction in providing solutions to child care needs. 

POLICY C-15: In residential or neighborhood commercial development projects, strongly encourage child care and/or senior care facilities, along with measures to mitigate potential conflicts between these facilities and surrounding uses.  

PROGRAM C-15:  Study changes in zoning, parking, and landscaping requirements that would facilitate the development of neighborhood child and/or senior care facilities.

PROGRAM C-16:  Create development incentives (such as increased floor area ratio or reduced parking requirements) for employers or developers who include child and/or senior care facilities in the design of new housing and commercial buildings.

Program C-17:  Facilitate the application process for proposed child and/or senior care centers.  Work with applicants or potential applicants to identify appropriate locations for such centers.

POLICY C-16: Identify existing or potential locations for child and/or senior care in public facilities and actively promote the establishment of such facilities. 

PROGRAM C-18: Encourage the continuation and development of after-school and evening programs for children and youth. Maximize participation in such programs by increasing the number of locations where the programs are provided and by supporting transportation options to these locations.

POLICY C-19: Continue to support provision, funding, or promotion of services for persons with disabilities through the Human Relations Commission, the Parks and Recreation Division, and other City departments. Support rigorous compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

To the goals.


PARKS AND PUBLIC FACILITIES

GOAL C-4:  ATTRACTIVE, WELL-MAINTAINED COMMUNITY FACILITIES THAT SERVE PALO ALTO RESIDENTS.

This goal focuses on Palo Alto’s parks, community centers, libraries, and other civic buildings that are an important part of what makes the City a desirable place to live.  The PTC has recommended that this goal be changed to “Maintaining Parks and Facilities” and that the existing Goal 5 related to “Access” be included under this goal.


PROGRAM C-19: Develop improvement plans for the maintenance, restoration and enhancement of community facilities, and keep these facilities viable community assets by investing the necessary resources.

PROGRAM C-20: Conduct comprehensive analyses of long-term infrastructure replacement requirements and costs. 

PROGRAM C-21: Incorporate as an additional criterion used in prioritizing sidewalk repairs, a standard related to the level of pedestrian usage.             

POLICY C-25: Make infrastructure improvements on public open space only when these improvements are consistent with the goals of protecting and conserving the natural environment. 

POLICY C-26: Maintain and enhance existing park facilities.

PROGRAM C-23: Study and recommend methods of private and public financing for improved park maintenance, rehabilitation, and construction. 

PROGRAM C-24: Preserve El Camino Park as a recreational resource for the community.

El Camino Park Restoration Project:  El Camino Park is currently undergoing a major restoration project following the installation of an underground water-supply reservoir which supplements the City of Palo Alto’s Emergency Water Supply and Storage Planning objectives.  The Project is expected to be completed late in 2015.  For more information visit the project webpage by clicking here.

PROGRAM C-25: Consider potential park sites when preparing coordinated area plans. 

PROGRAM C-26: In conjunction with new development proposals, pursue creation of park, plaza, or other public gathering places that meet neighborhood needs.  

To the goals.


ACCESS

GOAL C-5:  EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATIONAL, RECREATIONAL, AND CULTURAL SERVICES FOR ALL RESIDENTS.

This goal refers to the location of facilities, their design, and the availability to transportation to reach them.  The PTC has recommended that this goal be incorporated into a new goal related to maintaining parks and facilities.  In addition, they recommend changing the goal heading name to “Expanding Access” and that it be included under the goal which addresses the maintenance of parks and facilities.


POLICY C-30:  Facilitate access to parks and community facilities by a variety of transportation modes.

POLICY C-31: Facilitate access to educational, recreational, and cultural services by continuing to provide financial assistance programs for residents with low-incomes and/or disabilities. 

PROGRAM C-27: Continue to implement Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements in City facilities including, but not limited to, sidewalk curb cuts, building entrances, meeting room access, and sight and hearing adjuncts.

To the goals.

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