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Menlo-Atherton High School Development Plan & Communication

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Letter to Menlo Park and Atherton about SamTrans bus stop on Ringwood- May 24, 2015

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Review of EIR by Remona Murray

References/excerpt from the EIR:

Reviewing the document the following are the summary is Traffic/Transportation focused impact MODA residents, main concerns with the Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) used to identify in the EIR Mitigation Measures to reduce or avoid the potential adverse impacts that could result in the exclusions of recommended improvements to the FMP. The language, key phrases, and chapters, tables & figures consistent with the three major documents. allowing "key word" search of documents on your own if you wish more detail.

Vol 1 Traffic/Transportation focused:

Impact TRA-2: Additional FMP-related traffic could increase conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians, bicycles, and emergency access personnel, see Vol. 1: EIR Summary, page S-22.

Impact TRA-3: Increased enrollment at MAHS could result in result in indirect environmental effects resulting from a parking shortage, see Vol. 1: EIR Summary, page S-22.

S.4 Known Areas of Controversy/Issues to be Resolved, see Vol. 1: EIR Summary, page S-27

4.1.3 MAHS Campus Access and Parking: The proposed FMP does not include any changes to vehicular, bicycle, or pedestrian access to the site. Intersections and roadway facilities evaluated for potential traffic impacts, was prepared in consultation with the City of Menlo Park and the Town of Atherton. As of the release of draft, May 6th San Mateo County was not consulted. No parking analysis of local streets was made just an informal student survey that may not included staff. Discussion at 5/21/15 Zito/SMC Trans intersections did not meet 4.4.1 Thresholds CEQA Guidelines.

Table 4-1 Intersections Evaluated FMP Transportation Impact Analysis: Missing 4 access points Middlefield/Ringwood, Ringwood/parking lot, Oak Grove/Carpool, and Middlefield/Oak Grove. Discussion at 5/21/15 Zito/SMC Trans intersections did not meet 4.4.1 Thresholds CEQA Guidelines. A mini study would help better inform transportation improvements that could be incorporated in FMP. (**See Scope of work**)

4.3.1 MAHS Transportation Impact Analysis Scope: Intersections and roadway facilities evaluated for potential traffic impacts, was prepared in consultation with the City of Menlo Park and the Town of Atherton. Most importantly it excludes from it's road network local map access streets Arlington, Menlo Oaks, Toyon, see Vol. 1, Table 4-1 Intersections Evaluated. Discussion at 5/21/15 Zito/SMC Trans intersections did not meet 4.4.1 Thresholds CEQA Guidelines. A mini study would help better inform transportation improvements that could be incorporated in FMP.

4.3.2 MAHS Trip Generation: Analysis: includes Vol. 1, 2.4.1 MAHS Class / Bell Schedule, Vol. 1, Tables 4-4, Student Survey, Vol. 1, Table 4-5 Driveway Counts, Vol. 1, Table 4-6 Trip Generation Rates based on growth to 2,600 students estimated to result in up to approximately 308 AM peak hour vehicle trips, 161 school PM peak hour vehicle trips, and 1,228 total daily vehicle trips. Rate of enrollment numbers of feeder schools does NOT take into account gentrification MAHS district boundary cities or the 737 dwelling units in East Menlo Park, see Vol. 2, Figure 13 Near-Term Approved Developments in Project Vicinity. Discussion at 5/21/15 Zito/SMC Trans intersections enrollment growth numbers not considered when meeting CEQA Guidelines. Consideration factor creates a question of does TIA go far enough to include the long term parking needs of the FMP based on increase in teachers/support staff in the future.

4.3.3 MAHS Trip Distribution: Assumes 95% of vehicular trips are students, follow profile relative to the residential density throughout the attendance boundary MAHS, see Vol. 1, Table 4-6. Same concerns apply from 4.3.2 above. Discussion at 5/21/15 Zito/SMC Trans intersections did not meet 4.4.1 Thresholds CEQA Guidelines. A mini study would help better inform transportation improvements that could be incorporated in FMP.

4.3.4 MAHS Traffic Scenarios Evaluated: Found that 4 of the 39 study intersections currently operate at an unacceptable level of service under existing conditions, see Vol. 1,Table 4-7. Exclusion of intersections directly impacted based on being with 500 ft of perimeter of MAHS: Ringwood/Arlington, Arlington/Menlo Oaks, Ringwood/Toyon, and Ringwood/Coleman. Discussion at 5/21/15 Zito/SMC Trans intersections did not meet 4.4.1 Thresholds CEQA Guidelines. A mini study would help better inform transportation improvements that could be incorporated in FMP.

13.2.16 Traffic/Transportation - Impact CML-1: Implementation of the MAHS FMP would add AM peak hour, school PM, peak hour, and daily trips to the circulation and transportation system in the vicinity of MAHS under cumulative conditions, see Traffic Report Appendices page 13-11 & 12, Table 13-2 Summary of Plan Impacts – Cumulative Intersection Level of Service , Table 13-3 Summary of Plan Impacts - Cumulative Traffic on Roadway Segments, Table 13-4 Summary of Plan Impacts – Cumulative Regional Routes of Significance

Additional aspects of Draft EIR important to MODA residents:

2.3.2 Phase 2 Laboratory Classroom Building and Food Service Building: Two-story, approximately 37-feet tall where an existing tennis court is located on the interior of campus approximately 200 feet east of Ringwood Ave., Vol. 1, Figure 2-6 . Removal of approximately six trees, including three large valley oaks, see Vol. 1, Figure 7-1 Potential Tree Removal.

2.3.5 Proposed Future MAHS FMP Projects: New building and approximately 15 spaces staff parking area provided north of new building, see Vol. 1, Figure 2-6. Removal of three to ten trees, see Vol. 1, Figure 7-1 Potential Tree Removal.

5.3.3 Potential Impacts from New Sources of Light and Glare: Phase 3 athletic facility improvements would involve installation of practice lights at the campus' soccer field, located south of the main gym and tennis courts, away from residences that border the west side of the campus, see Vol. 1, Figure 2-3. The practice lights would be up to 60 feet high and would be designed to provide practice-level lighting only. Vol. 1, Mitigation Measure AES-2B: Practice Lights Design, Installation, and Use, installation of visors to prevent light spillage on Ringwood Ave and Arlington Way; prohibits use of practice lights after 9:30 pm.


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