The deadline to respond to the draft environmental impact report for the proposed Greenheart "Station 1300" project on El Camino Real in Menlo Park ended April 4 despite a request from the Sierra Club to extend it for two weeks.
Gita Dev of the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club had requested via email that the deadline be extended for an additional two weeks beyond the customary 45-day review period.
The email said they need more time to respond to issues that have been raised beyond the typical 45-day window, since the first public hearing for the project's environmental report was held only two weeks ago, on March 21.
Greenheart Land Co.'s project proposed for the parcel at 1300 El Camino Real includes 420,000 square feet of residential, office and retail space.
During that period, anyone can submit written or verbal comments that will be included as part of the final report, which will ultimately go before the Menlo Park City Council when it decides whether or not to approve the project.
Thomas Rogers, Menlo Park principal planner, responded to the request, saying: "We (including the City Manager's Office) have reviewed the Sierra Club's request for additional time, but we don't believe there are unique circumstances that warrant an extension."
He said that the kind of the environmental impact report that was done for the Greenheart project, called an "Infill EIR" (referring to its location in an already mostly built-up area of the city), is supposed to streamline the environmental review process, which, he says, makes it "harder to justify" an extension.
He said the Planning Commission often holds public hearings toward the end of the 45-day public review period because it is intended to give people who want to offer verbal comments at the public hearing sufficient time to review the report.
For previous coverage on the potential impacts of the Greenheart Land Co. development: