Category Archives: San Mateo County

Community benefits to help Redwood City grow into its new skin

Downtown Redwood City is full of cranes and construction gear and streets downtown are bustling, as the city moves forward with the downtown plan approved in 2011. With more people flocking downtown, there isn’t as much room for people to … Continue reading

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Thursday 7/17: help transform the Millbrae Station Area

On Thursday, July 17, Sierra Club and Friends of Caltrain are co-hosting a free workshop about Millbrae’s plans for major changes to the Millbrae Station Area. The City of Millbrae is working quickly to update the Millbrae Station Area Specific … Continue reading

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Upcoming decisions in San Jose, Mountain View, Redwood City, Belmont, San Mateo

This week multiple cities on the Peninsula Corridor are reviewing Caltrain station area policy and access decisions. From South to North, here’s what’s going on in San Jose, Mountain View, Redwood City, Belmont, and San Mateo. San Jose Community Meeting, Diridon … Continue reading

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Proposed 8-story apartment building in downtown San Mateo – can the city use its new tools to limit traffic?

On Tuesday the San Mateo Planning Commission held a study session about a proposed apartment building at 5th and El Camino downtown, on a site currently used as a surface parking lot. The developer is proposing ~117 units in an … Continue reading

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Millbrae reviews development near Caltrain/BART station – can it be walkable?

The City of Millbrae is starting the process to review new developments for the area near the Caltrain/BART station. Update: there are two opportunities to start to get involved in March – read on for details.  Another Update: Jim Frank … Continue reading

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Redwood City promotes carfree transportation for downtown – doesn’t yet have goals

As downtown Redwood City quickly fills in with new offices and housing, the City is promoting a set of transportation alternatives to help people get around without a car. The Connect Redwood City program launched in September 2013, funded by a $1.5 … Continue reading

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San Mateo Downtown Parking update takes shape

On Monday, San Mateo City Council held another study session on changes to downtown parking (staff report here).  San Mateo has a very lively downtown with thriving restaurant scene and move theater.   Topics being considered include increasing meter prices, … Continue reading

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Caltrans pioneers friendlier new street designs for El Camino

If you talk to experienced community members, elected officials and staff about opportunities for pedestrian safety improvements along El Camino Real (or other roads and highways managed by California’s department of transportation), you are likely to hear a resigned sigh. … Continue reading

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City of San Mateo leans toward variably priced parking, less driving for downtown

At a study session, the San Mateo City council leaned favorably toward a downtown parking plan that would vary prices based on usage, make parking in further lots cheaper and central streets more expensive; and would use parking revenues to … Continue reading

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San Carlos Council Reviews Transit Village; Sierra Club calls for improvements

City Council will review the San Carlos Transit Village for approval tonight.   The Sierra Club Sustainable Land Use Committee has reviewed the development, and generally favors the mixed use project at this location, but is calling for improvements. * … Continue reading

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