Tonight: Housing plan update, animal shelter on Menlo Park council agenda


April kicks off with a busy start for the Menlo Park City Council, with homeless shelters, animal shelters and Caltrain electrification just some of the topics on tonight's agenda.

Council members will consider the Planning Commission's recommendations for the city's second housing plan update, which includes zoning for a 16-bed homeless shelter as well as new regulations governing the construction of secondary, or granny, units.

They will also consider the draft environmental impact report for Caltrain's electrification project. The transit agency is backing a $1.5 billion plan to switch to electrified trains to benefit both the environment and Caltrain's financial state, as well as provide the capacity to share the tracks with high-speed rail.

According to the draft EIR, however, that comes with some drawbacks, such as the elimination of thousands of trees, and the construction of safety walls, substations and 50-foot tall poles to carry power along the tracks.

Neither last nor least on the agenda is the decision of whether to contribute $23,728 to $31,769 annually towards the construction of a new county animal shelter on Airport Boulevard in San Mateo, which would service Menlo Park as well as other Peninsula cities.

Go to the city's website to review the entire agenda and associated staff reports for tonight's meeting.

The April 1 meeting will be held in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. It starts with a closed session for labor negotiations tonight at 6 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. Watch the meeting live online via the city's website.


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Posted by MaryAnn Saunders
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 1, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Yes, I think we should support the animal shelter in San addition, I think there should be a concerted effort to trap and neuter animals.....or just lower neutering costs and there would not be so many stray cats and dogs. We must be more humane about the animal overpopulation in our area. I think the Nine Lives Foundation is taking on this gigantic responsibility regarding cats. I would like to see a similar effort for dogs.

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