Where will the parks be located which will serve the increased population along the corridor? Can they be accessed by transit?
I'm concerned about property owners and their property rights. Are they forced to give up property? How do you acquire the property needed to widen the sidewalks and do the landscapes and bike lanes? How much taking of private property will there be under eminent domain?
El Camino is a thoroughfare of commerce used by people to commute and carry on commerce. What is the volume of traffic that the renovation will permit on El Camino as opposed to what flows now?
We keep using the word "corridor." This seems to equate to a narrow strip. How do we get people not directly on the El Camino to access and use this?
How do we address concerns regarding multiple property owners, parcels, and developments in varying sizes along El Camino Real?
How does the Grand Boulevard Initiative take into account SB 375 and the sustainable communities' strategy that is required to be drafted by MTC and ABAG?
Where will the parks be located which will serve the increased population along the corridor? Can they be accessed by transit?Specific parks and public space locations will be determined by each local jurisdiction. The Grand Boulevard Initiative encourages vibrant public spaces within the El Camino Real corridor, but does not define the location, size, or form of such spaces. The Grand Boulevard Initiative El Camino Real Corridor, which is defined as Β½-mile on either side of the roadway, contains existing public transportation service, including Caltrain, BART, VTA Light-Rail, and SamTrans and VTA bus service. Parks located within the El Camino Real corridor could be accessed via this existing public transportation network.
I'm concerned about property owners and their property rights. Are they forced to give up property? How do you acquire the property needed to widen the sidewalks and do the landscapes and bike lanes? How much taking of private property will there be under eminent domain?The Grand Boulevard Initiative does not involve the taking of private property and does not force local property owners to give up their property. The Grand Boulevard Initiative provides the overarching vision for transforming the El Camino Real corridor, but the local jurisdictions, in coordination with the respective property owners and community members, will determine if any private property is required for individual plans or projects. In the event that private property would be needed for specific improvements, the local jurisdiction would comply with the federal eminent domain regulations and the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 as a matter of law.
The amount of land required to implement the Grand Boulevard Initiative Vision, in terms of housing and business development, represents a minimal proportion of the El Camino Real corridor. According to the Economic and Housing Opportunities Assessment, Phase I, approximately 900 to 2,200 acres of land would be required to implement the highest levels of development envisioned by the Bay Area's Sustainable Communities Strategy and Greenbelt Alliance's "Grow Smart Bay Area." This translates to only three to nine percent of the total land supply in the El Camino Real corridor and likely could be accommodated in property already zoned for housing.
El Camino is a thoroughfare of commerce used by people to commute and carry on commerce. What is the volume of traffic that the renovation will permit on El Camino as opposed to what flows now?The Grand Boulevard Initiative is a visionary effort to create compact communities with a range of housing, job, and travel options. The specific corridor renovations, including streetscape improvements and new land development, are left to the individual cities and counties to decide. Under State law each plan or project, including those within the El Camino Real corridor, is required to undergo specific development and environmental review processes, which consider the anticipated traffic volumes and traffic effects of the project or plan. According to the Grand Boulevard Initiative Multimodal Transportation Corridor Plan (2010) projections, traffic on El Camino Real will be reduced with implementation of enhanced public transportation, such as compact homes and jobs within close proximity to the transportation service. The total traffic on El Camino Real would reduce with implementation of the Grand Boulevard Vision, as more travel options beyond the private automobile will be easily available and convenient.
We keep using the word "corridor." This seems to equate to a narrow strip. How do we get people not directly on the El Camino to access and use this?The "El Camino Real corridor" includes the 43-mile stretch of the El Camino Real roadway between Daly City and downtown San Jose. The corridor is defined as the Β½-mile area on either side of the roadway and thus includes the surrounding communities. Currently, the El Camino Real corridor is dominated by cars and is often viewed as a barrier within existing communities. The goal of the Grand Boulevard Initiative is to transform El Camino Real into a walkable, bikable, livable corridor with strong connections to the surrounding communities. Revitalizing the El Camino Real corridor will enhance east-west connections across the adjacent communities. The goal is to create a corridor that is seen as a major regional destination that will attract local community residents and visitors to live, work, and play.
How do we address concerns regarding multiple property owners, parcels, and developments in varying sizes along El Camino Real?Small, irregularly-sized parcels and fragmented property ownership present a challenge for accommodating new compact development. These types of parcels and having multiple property owners often results in parcels having less revenue and tax generation relative to their land value.
The Economic and Housing Opportunities Study (ECHO) Phase I, completed in December 2010, demonstrates the potential fiscal and economic benefits of implementing the Grand Boulevard Initiative Vision of more homes and jobs along the corridor. Currently, ECHO Phase II is identifying the barriers relating to the development of specific parcels and will provide real-world implementation strategies to help cities reach their potential for compact homes and jobs near public transportation. Case studies in Daly City, South San Francisco, Belmont, and Mountain View are underway and will address the concerns regarding property ownership and parcel size in regards to corridor development. The findings of these case studies will provide guidance for other jurisdictions along the corridor.
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