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Council to Hold Several Meetings Over Next Week

Topics will include ongoing construction in the Crestmoor neighborhood, the downtown transit corridors plan and capital improvements.

The City Council will be holding four meetings over the next week to discuss important topics such as ongoing construction in the Crestmoor neighborhood, the downtown transit corridors plan and capital improvements.

Today, the council will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. It will be preceded by a special closed session meeting where the council will be meeting with city leaders to talk about the ongoing labor negotiations between three of the city's six employee unions.

The council will hold a joint meeting Wednesday with the Planning Commission to discuss the next steps for the downtown transit corridors plan.

For months, the city has been working on the plan that is slated to drastically modernize the area encompassing San Mateo Avenue, San Bruno Avenue and El Camino Real over the next 20 years. The plan is anchored on the success of the new Caltrain station that is being built.

Now, the council and planning commission will be talking about the findings of the plan's environmental impact report and addressing questions that residents have raised so far.

A common question asked by residents has been whether they would be forced to sell their homes. PlanBruno.org, the website for the transit corridors plan, said the following:

The simple answer to this question is “No.” The City does not intend to use eminent domain to acquire any residential property. The TCP would allow owners of private property in the Plan area to build a mix of commercial space and housing. The Plan does not require any new development; it just allows a larger range of types of development. 

The council meeting on Oct. 15 will address the city's capital improvement plans.

The agendas for the meetings can be found on the city's website.

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