More than a month after the topic was tabled, Menlo Park's City Council will return Tuesday, Nov. 17, to its review of the city's El Camino Real/downtown specific plan.
The council could also pass a resolution to launch a Menlo Park Sister City Program, and will receive updates on the Belle Haven Visioning Process and Facebook's new expansion plans.
Changes ahead for downtown specific plan?
The council has decided to conduct periodic reviews of the plan, which it adopted in 2012 following about five years of public meetings. After an initial review in 2013, the council agreed to review the plan every other year.
Proposed changes to the plan were presented to the Planning Commission at its Aug. 3 meeting, and it came before the City Council at its Oct. 6 meeting. But the council ultimately decided to postpone the discussion after spending the bulk of the meeting talking about updates to the city's general plan.
City staff recommendations were generally supported by the Planning Commission, with some exceptions, according to a staff report.
Recommended changes to the downtown plan include revising setback requirements for the rear of buildings, establishing maximum front and side setbacks, and setting sidewalk width standards for streets that do not have sidewalks.
Among other proposed changes are considerations related to transportation demand management programs, electric vehicle recharging stations, and hotel parking rates.
The resolution proposes that the city join Sister Cities International and establish a Sister City Committee. Joining Sister Cities International would cost $580 in 2016 and provide access to a wide network of member communities from around the world, according to a staff report prepared by Jim Cogan, Menlo Park's economic development and housing manager. A Sister Cities Committee of five appointed members would also be established to help lead the project.
The Nov. 17 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at 701 Laurel St., in the Civic Center.