The Menlo Park City Council hits the books for a study session on Tuesday, March 13, with a focus on green initiatives.
Topics include whether to set a community-wide greenhouse gas reduction target, and whether to join San Mateo County in an environmental impact report meant to evaluate a proposed ordinance prohibiting single-use plastic bags by retailers and charging a fee for using paper bags. The Town Council in Woodside voted 5-2 in February to support the countywide initiative. Finally, a potential ban on styrofoam takeout containers is also up for debate.
After the study session concludes, regular business on the council's agenda encompasses further efforts to restructure in the wake of the state's dissolution of the redevelopment agency, continuing examination of next year's budget, and comments on East Palo Alto's planned 835-unit Ravenswood/Four Corners housing development. Menlo Park staff found the project's draft environmental impact report deficient in several areas such as traffic impact and using outdated data.
The study session begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St., followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.