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Tonight: Menlo Park advisory panel discusses general plan update

 

The Menlo Park General Plan Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, to discuss possible zoning changes in the city's M-2 area, roughly bounded by San Francisco Bay, University Avenue, U.S. 101 and Marsh Road.

The meeting is one of a series of sessions held to update the city's general plan, the document that governs future development in the city.

The advisory committee will review comments made at community meetings and provide guidance to city staff on recommended changes to zoning policies. Those zoning policies would affect up to 2.1 million additional square feet of office, mixed-use residential, and life science buildings that could be constructed in the M-2 light industrial area.

The committee will hear a presentation from staff and consultants before discussing zoning regulations, green and sustainable development, and "community amenities" (the benefits that developers would have to provide to the city if they want to build over a certain base level).

Over the past two months, there have been three public sessions, each inviting community comment on a different topic: the draft zoning regulations and design standards, green and sustainable building standards, and community amenities.

The advisory committee has access to more than 160 pages of community feedback that has been generated on the drafted zoning policies.

Guidance from the advisory committee gathered at the meeting will inform a study session that the Menlo Park Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled for May 9.

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