City Council plate filled with bond, train, zoning items

Several big-ticket items hit the City Council tonight, including the possible approval of a $45 million November bond measure, a presentation on proposed Caltrain station improvements and discussion on rezoning Rollins Road.

“It’s a doozy,” Nantell said of the meeting.

A proposal to rezone the mainly light-industrial Rollins Road to allow the Peninsula Humane Society to relocate there has drawn objections from some nearby businesses that fear increased traffic, noise and smells.

PHS is applying for a conditional use permit to move its adoption, wildlife rehabilitation, education and animal therapy divisions to a Rollins Road location, said Ken White, PHS executive director.

Though the conditional use permit process can move forward regardless of what happens with the zoning issue, White said PHS is still fully behind the zoning change because it would allow the organization to expand its services there in the future.

An environmental impact report should be completed by the fall, and will likely head to the Planning Commission then, White said.

More residents have recently spoken out in favor of the move, including Burlingame resident Barbara Nagata, who wrote a letter to the council in support.

“I know PHS would make a wonderful neighbor for all the businesses surrounding it,” Nagata wrote.

The council also will be discussing a possible bond measure.

An April survey found that more than two-thirds of the city would likely support a $150 to $175 annual assessment to fund storm drain improvements and a remodeled community center in Washington Park — two projects that the survey found had the most voter support.

These projects will likely require a $45 million bond, according to the survey results.

Caltrain is also set to present a compromise plan to widen North Lane and add new platforms to the Burlingame Avenue station, which would allow two trains to go by at the same time and likely speed up travel time, Nantell said.

The plans, however, include closing South Lane, which residents and the city were hoping to prevent.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 501 Primrose Road.

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