There is plenty for Menlo Park residents to evaluate in the analysis of Save Menlo's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan initiative that was released on July 10.
Lisa Wise Consulting completed the report on a $148,420 contract with the city to analyze what impact the initiative's changes would have on future development. Click here to read the report.
The initiative would restrict the amount of office space in any individual development to 100,000 square feet; limit total new office space to 240,820 square feet; and cap overall new, nonresidential development to 474,000 square feet within the specific plan's boundaries.
It would also redefine open space to mean only areas no higher than 4 feet off the ground, thereby preventing balconies from counting as open space.
Voters would have to approve any changes to the ordinance as well as any projects that would exceed the nonresidential development caps.
The Almanac will post a summary of the consultant's analysis after reviewing the findings in the 160-page report more closely.
After reviewing the consultant's analysis, the Menlo Park City Council is expected to vote July 15 on whether to adopt the initiative or put it on the ballot for the November election.
Save Menlo has stated that the group wants the council to adopt the initiative, rather than putting it on the ballot. They face opposition from another grassroots group -- Menlo Park Deserves Better -- which has formed to fight the initiative.