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Tonight: Planning Commission to discuss general plan update

 

During the Menlo Park Planning Commission's meeting tonight (May 23) at 7 p.m., the commission will hold a study session to talk about plans for new zoning ordinances that would shape the building standards and requirements applied to future office, life sciences and residential-mixed use buildings in Menlo Park's M-2 area.

That area is roughly bounded by the San Francisco Bay, University Avenue, U.S. 101 and Marsh Road.

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

Since the draft plans were released, there have been at least three community meetings and a General Plan Advisory Committee meeting to discuss and weigh in on the proposed zoning ordinances.

After tonight's study session, city staff will combine all feedback gathered so far as part of the final draft of the documents, which will be presented again to the Planning Commission and the City Council.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers at 701 Laurel St., in the Civic Center. See the agenda, read the staff report, or watch the meeting online.

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