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Tonight: How should Menlo Park define public benefit?

 

The thorny question of what public benefit should be, and how Menlo Park should go about getting it in exchange for development permits, will be tackled tonight (April 14) at the council meeting.

The staff report describes the current public benefit procedure as "a well-defined process (without) a well-defined outcome, e.g. public parking facilities, public open space, in-lieu payments, ongoing revenue generation, public improvements beyond the determined project impact mitigations... ."

In turn, the lack of defined outcomes is reducing the clarity of the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan for developers and the community, according to the report. Tonight's study session will look at how other communities handle public benefit.

Also on the agenda: quarterly updates on the police department's Taser and automated license plate reader programs.

Tonight's meeting will be held in Belle Haven at the Senior Center at 110 Terminal Ave. The study session starts at 6 p.m.

Review the complete agenda and associated staff reports here. The meeting will be streamed live online via the city's website.

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