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Redwood City voters could weigh in on Saltworks

JK Dineen
San Francisco Business Times, 4/13/12

Redwood City wants to know where voters stand on the Saltworks project.
 
At its April 9 meeting, Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre and the City Council directed City Manager Bob Bell to schedule a discussion about placing a non-binding “advisory” question on the November ballot. The date for the discussion has not yet been set.
 
The future of the 1,400-acre former salt production site, west of Highway 101 along Seaport Boulevard, has been the focus of a five-year contentious battle between environmentalists and developer DMB Pacific Ventures Associates.
 
The current plan calls for 12,000 units of housing, which groups like Save the Bay oppose because they would like to see the site restored to wetlands.
 
Last November, the applicant informed the city that it intends to conduct internal review and evaluation of its submitted proposal. A revised proposal is expected to be submitted to the city and it will require further analysis and environmental review.
 
“This is an opportune time to explore various options in moving forward on this unprecedented project for the community of Redwood City,” said Aguirre “Prior to re-engaging in that process, the City Council may want to consider whether the revised project is of interest to the community and worthy of further exploration and analysis.”
 
Councilwoman Rosanne Foust, who is also the executive director of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association, suggested the vote during a the April 9 meeting, according to Patch.com. “I’m concerned because the project has been incredibly divisive in the community,” said Foust, adding that the project has taken “a tremendous toll on city staff and council.”
 
“It’s overshadowing every single thing that we do,” Foust said.
 
 

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