"The April 2, 2013 City Council agenda features a memorandum from Council Members Keith and Cline requesting that the Council place the review of the 500 El Camino Real/Stanford Project on the April 16, 2013 City Council meeting agenda. The April 2 discussion will be focused on the question of whether to agendize a future meeting on the project, with substantive review of the proposal taking place at the future meeting (if scheduled)."
The project is currently being considered, under the rules and procedures established in the Downtown Specific Plan, by the Planning Commission and the Planning Commission is both holding public hearings and working with the applicant. At the conclusion of their deliberation the Planning Commission will make its recommendations to the Council.
Under these circumstances it is highly inappropriate for the Council to insert itself into the process at this time. To do so both violates the Specific Plan procedures, ignores the role of the Planning Commission and raises the erroneous expectation that the Council is prepared to ignore the parameters of the Specific Plan as they apply to this project.
If the procedures specified in the Specific Plan are ignored and the role of the Planning Commission is ignored then why bother to have either?