SAN MATEO — Density and affordable housing issues dominated a Tuesday City Council study session on Bay Meadows Phase II, held two days before the large project might finally earn a vote from the Planning Commission.

Commissioners spent hours Aug. 16 poring over the project details in a line-by-line recap. As midnight loomed, the commission postponed a vote for a second time.

The City Council didn't have commission recommendations to work with as expected for Tuesday's study session, but council members still asked several questions and requested data for their Sept. 19 meeting.

Average density of the project is nearly 50 units per acre. Densities as low as 15 units per acre are on the sides close to the Glendale Village and Fiesta Gardens neighborhoods, with up to 75 units per acre near the Caltrain stop on Delaware Street, Community Development Director Bob Beyer said.

Resident and former Planning Commissioner Maxine Terner said anything over 50 units per acre was too high. Measure P, which voters passed last year, restricts densities citywide to 50 units per acre — not an average of 50 units per acre, Terner said.

"It shouldn't be left up to interpretation," said Terner.

State density bonuses would make Phase II even denser if the additional units are used for affordable housing. That could mean close to 500 more units in the development, but Bay Meadows Land Company (BMLC) representatives said they're not interested in an in


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