A Sense of Place:
Balancing Growth/Building Community
DRAFT GENERAL PLAN 2040 TAKES AIM AT SAN MATEO
Like a demo and rebuild construction blueprint, the new Draft General Plan lays out a policy path for San Mateo to replace itself. It greases the skids for city-wide redevelopment, while discounting neighborhood livability, displacing small businesses, and endangering the Downtown Historic District.
"A gut-punch to the voters of San Mateo," is how one observer described it. Deliberately ignoring the sustainable smart growth model favored by city residents, the City Council and the Draft General Plan double down on extreme and untenable growth that will permanently alter the face of San Mateo.
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"In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy."
- John Sawhill, former President of The Nature Conservency
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San Mateo is a wonderful city. Its charming neighborhoods, vibrant downtown and diverse population create an unmistakable sense of place. But we believe San Mateo can grow to be even better. For 30 years we've believed in protecting our neighborhood character and irreplaceable historic resources. We believe that balanced growth is a smarter path to more affordable housing and a better life for all -- without compromising the qualities that make San Mateo special.
Building heights of 55-75 feet (5-7 stories) allows significant, but balanced growth...
SMRG's long commitment to affordable housing...
Gallery of Bay Area development that fits within these standards...