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For Immediate Release

City Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Saltworks to Recommend Denial of Project Application

Redwood City, CA - May 3, 2012 - The City Council’s ad-hoc committee assigned to research and report on options regarding the Saltworks development application will be recommending denial of the current application when the issue comes to the City Council on May 7th. This recommendation is being made on the grounds that despite having an application on file with the City for three years, the developer has yet to submit a complete project description and therefore the application remains incomplete and inactive.

If the City Council follows the recommended action and denies the project, the City would stop all current processing actions. The committee also recommends not proceeding with a public vote on the issue at this time. Since the developer has indicated that the scope of the project is to be revised, it would not be a prudent use of City resources to gather public opinion about a project for which a completed description and application does not exist.

The committee further advises that if and when the developer presents a new and complete project application to the City, the City will determine whether and how to proceed on that application, at that time. The committee’s full report will be available on the City’s website by 5 pm on Thursday, May 3, 2012.

Denying the current application would not prevent DMB from pursuing a new application in the future. In the meantime, the property would remain subject to current General Plan designations that have been in place since 1990.

The ad-hoc committee will be making its recommendations at the May 7th, 2012, City Council meeting, which begins at 7 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

More information on the Saltworks proposal is available on the City’s Web site at    


Robert Bell
City Manager


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