PlaceWorks was awarded the $1.65 million contract by a 3-0 vote of the City Council during its June 17 meeting, with Mayor Ray Mueller and Councilman Rich Cline absent. The consultant is not new to Menlo Park; the company also worked on the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan visioning process as well as the housing element update.
The M2 district roughly spans parcels wedged between the San Francisco Bay, University Avenue, Marsh Road and U.S. 101. The area has seen a jump in development activity during the past four years with the arrival of Facebook headquarters and the approval of the Bohannon Menlo Gateway project.
The contract includes a series of community workshops to be held in 2015, and the formation of an advisory committee composed of three at-large community members, two City Council members, and one member each from six commissions to guide the zoning update process.
The timeline presented to the council estimates that the final updates should be completed by June 2016.
With Jesse Quirion's promotion to interim public works director for Menlo Park, the city was left with a vacant transportation manager position. The city announced that Nikki Nagaya, a senior transportation engineer for the city, has been appointed as interim transportation manager, effective June 20.
Ms. Nagaya, who joined the city in 2013, previously worked for Fehr & Peers for seven years with a focus on bicycle and pedestrian transportation planning in the South Bay.