Thursday: Menlo Park meets on zoning, design standards for M-2 area


A community discussion of proposed zoning and design regulations for the M-2 area east of U.S. 101 in Menlo Park will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the Menlo Park Senior Center, 110 Terminal Ave.

The M-2 area is roughly bordered by the San Francisco Bay, University Avenue, U.S. 101 and Marsh Road.

The proposed regulations are part of the city's "ConnectMenlo" process to update Menlo Park's general plan, which governs future development in the city.

Draft development regulations for each zoning district would set standards for building size and height, and the number of parking spaces. The proposed design standards are intended to shape the "look and feel of a building," the city said.

Under the draft zoning regulations, Menlo Park could add up to 2 million square feet of non-residential development and 4,500 housing units, resulting in an estimated 5,000 more jobs and 11,250 more residents.

The meeting is one of three intended to gather community input on proposed changes to the requirements and building standards that would apply to future office, life sciences and residential-mixed use buildings in the M2 area.

The first meeting, about the proposed sustainable and green zoning standards, was scheduled for last week but was cancelled and has not yet been rescheduled.

For more details about the proposed zoning and design regulations, go to the web page for past ConnectMenlo meetings. Links for the draft zoning regulations are under the "Jan. 14 Focus Group Meeting" heading.

The third meeting is set for March 10 at the same time and place (6:30 at the Menlo Park Senior Center) and will deal with community amenities.

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