Wednesday: Menlo Park panel to discuss why city zoning matters


What is city zoning, and why is it important?

Three speakers will answer those questions and others at a symposium to be held Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers at 701 Laurel St.

The speakers will include Charlie Knox, lead consultant for ConnectMenlo, Mike Moore, a public sector planner, and Bob Brubaker, architect and urban designer.

ConnectMenlo is the catchy name given to Menlo Park's current process to update the city's "general plan," or its constitution for growth and development.

The process will determine what may be built in Menlo Park's M-2 area, roughly bordered by Marsh Road, U.S. 101, University Avenue and the Bay.

If the city moves forward with the drafted plans, then the theme of the new area will be "live, work, play," a mantra designed to encourage mixed-use development by building residential, office, and retail or recreational areas all within the same areas.

There will also be a meeting in December to get feedback about the specific zoning and design concepts that ConnectMenlo would outline for Menlo Park's M-2 area.

For more information, visit the event page on the Menlo Park website.

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