The Menlo Park City Council has authorized the city to begin the process of preparing environmental impact reports for two big projects: the city's update of zoning in the M2 industrial area, located roughly between the Bay and U.S. 101; and the Facebook campus expansion at 300-309 Constitution Drive.
In taking this action June 16, the council agreed to set a maximum amount of development in the M2 area for the purpose of the environmental impact study.
There is now about 8.75 million square feet of nonresidential development in the M2 zone, according to a staff report. The current general plan allows up to 10.5 million square feet. Under the proposed zoning update, an additional 2.1 million square feet of nonresidential and non-hotel development would be permitted.
In addition, the zoning update would allow 4,500 new housing units and 600 new hotel rooms.
Click here to download the staff report and an attached map of the "maximum potential development."
Setting a maximum potential development should not be construed as the City Council's approval of this development; it merely sets the maximum that could be approved, the staff report says.
Since summer 2014, the city has been engaged in the update of M2 zoning and the general plan, the city's "constitution" for development.
The process, known as ConnectMenlo, has involved a number of community meetings, where there have been discussions on such issues as impacts on the Belle Haven area, including the problem of displacing current residents due the rising cost of housing.
Go to menlopark.org.connectmenlo for more information about the ConnectMenlo process.