Growth Management

Tuesday, June 10, 6-8 p.m., Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero


On June 10th, about 30 community members gathered in the Palo Alto High School Library for the second of three community workshops to learn more about and discuss the City’s update of its Comprehensive Plan, Our Palo Alto 2030. The meeting was a forum on growth management and covered the jobs, housing, and population growth trends of Palo Alto, along with an overview of growth management tools utilized in other cities.

The focus of this workshop was to identify which areas of the city might change, and which should be protected and preserved, over the 15-year life of the updated Comprehensive Plan. Participants formed four small groups of six to eight people to complete an exercise, sharing their opinions on where they believe change should or should not occur. Using land use maps and colored markers, each group circled areas or corridors they believe future growth and change could be accommodated, emphasizing the need to preserve the majority of Palo Alto in open space and single-family neighborhoods, as it is today. After the small group discussions, a spokesperson from each group summarized the opportunity sites that their group identified throughout the group exercise.

The community input received at this meeting informed the “alternative futures” workshop on June 24 at the Palo Alto Elk’s Lodge. Attendees at the June 24 workshop considered “alternative futures” that would become the basis for alternatives to be studied in the Environmental Impact Report for the Comprehensive Plan Update. These alternatives will be extensively analyzed and discussed in order to develop a collective vision on the policies and programs that will make up Our Palo Alto 2030.


A number of common areas that may be appropriate to accommodate growth and change by 2030—dubbed “opportunity sites”—emerged from the breakout groups as they worked through the small group exercise. The map below synthesizes the input from the four groups into a single set of potential opportunity sites. Copies of each map from each small group are shown on the right side of this page.