Dear Planning Commissioners,
I am writing today in support of the Head Royce School Planned Unit Development Permit (PUD) Project (aka the “Head-Royce South Campus Plan”). After years of extensive collaboration with key stakeholders, the proposed Head-Royce South Campus Plan represents a transformative opportunity to create a cutting-edge instructional environment designed for the future of education. The plan will increase programming opportunities for the community during the school year, Heads Up and summer programs, and slowly increase enrollment and tuition assistance.
The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) found that all environmental impacts from the plan can be reduced to a level of “less than significant” with standard conditions of approval and mitigation measures. The plan includes a key feature to address longstanding neighborhood concerns about traffic congestion and use of neighborhood streets by the school community: the addition of a new internal loop driveway that routes pick-up and drop-off activities off of Lincoln Avenue and out of the neighborhood to ease traffic. The plan also reduces wildfire risk through a robust Emergency Evacuation Plan, a Vegetation Management Plan, enhanced connections with emergency alert systems, improved ADA access, updated training and accountability protocols and a newly available emergency evacuation route for cars through campus from the Charleston side of the campus to Lincoln Avenue. Further, the plan is very much in keeping with the property’s previous educational use by the Lincoln Child Center, which occupied the site for 85 years prior to being sold to Head-Royce.
The Head-Royce South Campus Plan is incredibly important to me because:
Given the merits of the plan, I hope you will certify the EIR and approve the Head-Royce South Campus Plan without delay.
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