Big Changes Are Coming to Millbrae BART Area
The City of Millbrae is working quickly to update the Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan (MSASP). The MSASP is a land use planning tool for developments in front of the Millbrae BART station and down along Rollins Road, and from the Burlingame boarder down both sides of El Camino to Taco Bell on El Camino Real. The Sierra Club is hosting a free workshop on how to include safe pedestrian and bicycle pathways, better access for buses and passenger drop off at the Millbrae BART and Train station, affordable housing and to provide enjoyable public and open spaces.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Peter’s Café (directly west of the Millbrae BART and Train Station) – Meeting Room
10 El Camino Real, Millbrae
RSVP required – [masked] or[masked]
The MSASP is the first step before drafting the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for developments happening on two BART parking lots and on Site One (Peter’s Café to Taco Bell). New regulations for what has to be included in EIR that incorporate better review of Transit Oriented Developments (TODs). But they will not be in effect when Millbrae’s EIR is being written. This means that pushing for safe pedestrian and bicycle access, affordable housing and other beneficial environmental considerations may not be included if they are not part of the MSASP. Tonight’s event is to describe community benefits we can ask the City of Millbrae to include. Please come to learn more about all the transportation, housing and open space benefits we could have. Information on how to push the City to include community benefits in the MSASP and the EIR will be part of the meeting.
The next City meeting on the MSASP will be on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Chetcuti Room in Millbrae City Hall. This is a special joint meeting of the Millbrae City Council and the Millbrae Planning Commission. We hope all of you can come to this meeting and encourage the City to include all Community Benefits. The City Council will meet at 7:00 pm for their regularly scheduled Council Meeting and will most likely continue the discussion of the MSASP, possibly voting for its adoption and starting the public process of the EIR. Both of these meetings are critical.
Here is some background information on the MSASP.
The City has conducted two public workshops (May and June 2014). Handouts from the Community Workshop #02 June 26, 2014 can be found by following this link.
Other useful links:
June 26, 2014 Community Workshop Summary
Sierra Club Sustainable Landuse
Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter Landuse Guidelines
We hope to see you there,
Ann Schneider Signature