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The Problem
For at least fourteen years, the residential neighbors of Castilleja School have waited for the school to come into compliance with the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) enrollment cap of 415. Castilleja School on June 30th, 2016 submitted an application to the City of Palo Alto’s Planning and Transportation Department to increase its enrollment to 540 students from 415 students, a 30% increase over the legally approved zoning limit for this R-1 neighborhood.  Seventy three percent of Castilleja’s students come from outside Palo Alto.  These factors combine to cause even more potential hazards to pedestrians and cyclists as well as significant neighborhood traffic, parking and noise problems.

We, the undersigned ask the Palo Alto City Council and the City Manager to exercise your full influence and legal authority and require Castilleja School to roll back their enrollment from 438 to 415 students beginning in the school year 2017-18 to finally reach compliance with their CUP of 415.