The fourth discussion in the ongoing Planning Commission's review of the Menlo Park downtown/El Camino Real specific plan takes place tonight (Oct. 28).
Commissioners indicated they want to focus on traffic and mobility for pedestrians and bicycles throughout the specific plan area, and may also look at the definition of open space used within the plan.
Residents have raised concerns about the amount of public open space proposed as part of an eight-acre, mixed-use development by Stanford and John Arrillaga along 300 to 500 El Camino Real that includes 199,500 square feet of office space, 10,000 square feet of retail, and up to 170 apartments.
Any formal recommendations the Planning Commission decides to make will go to the City Council for review and possible approval. The council expected to begin its specific plan review on Tuesday, Nov. 12, but with several planning commissioners expected to either be absent entirely or recused from portions of tonight's discussion, that may need to be rescheduled, according to the staff report.
Also on tonight's agenda: a review of Facebook's compliance to date with the development agreement for its east and west campuses, and a hearing on a request by Phillips Brooks School, a private preschool through 5th grade facility at 2245 Avy Ave. to increase its enrollment cap from 276 to 320 students, with a corresponding staff increase of eight employees.