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Facebook expansion in Menlo Park: Final environmental report released

 

The final version of the environmental impact report for Facebook's expansion plans has been released.

Facebook plans to build two office buildings totaling 962,400 square feet, plus a 200-room hotel in eastern Menlo Park. The development is expected to draw 6,500 new employees to the area.

The company also plans to allow only an additional 438 vehicle trips during the morning rush hour and 123 in the evening.

The preliminary, or draft version of the document received criticism by some, who said it contained inaccurate assumptions or did not give people enough time to review it, especially because the comment period coincided with Menlo Park's general plan update comment period.

This final report contains responses to those criticisms. According to the California Environmental Quality Act, the city has to respond to the issues that were raised during the public comment period after the draft environmental impact report was released.

The report is scheduled to be reviewed by the Planning Commission at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 26.

After it goes before the Planning Commission, it will go to the City Council for approval of the full project or a modified version. If any "significant and unavoidable" environmental impacts, as identified in the report, will persist, then the council would have to agree to what's called a "statement of overriding considerations" for the project to move forward.

Such a statement would express that the other possible benefits of the development – whether economic, social or technological – will outweigh the negative environmental impacts of the project.

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Posted by significant and unavoidable" environmental impacts
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 16, 2016 at 1:52 pm

The Draft EIR summarizes the significant and unavoidable impacts that would result from implementation of the Project:

Project-­‐Level Impacts

• Peak Hour Motor Vehicle Traffic at Study Intersections. Increases in traffic associated with the Project would result in increased delays during the a.m. and p.m. peak hours causing significant and unavoidable impacts at study intersections. (Impact TRA-­‐1)

• Peak Hour Motor Vehicle Traffic on Routes of Regional Significance. Increases in peak hour traffic associated with the Project would result in significant and unavoidable impacts to regionally significant segments of State Route 84 / Bayfront Expressway and US 101. (Impact TRA-­‐2)

• Daily Motor Vehicle Traffic on Roadway Segments. Increases in daily traffic associated with the Project increase daily traffic volumes on study segments, resulting in significant and unavoidable impacts on roadway segments. (Impact TRA-­‐3)

• Increased Delay to Transit Vehicles. Increases in peak hour traffic associated with the Project would increase delay to AC Transit Dumbarton buses operating on Bayfront Expressway, resulting in a significant and unavoidable impact. (Impact TRA-­‐8)

• Conflicts with Applicable Plans and Policies. The Project would conflict with an applicable plan, policy, or regulation adopted for the purpose of reducing the emissions of GHGs, especially EO S-­‐3-­‐05. (Impact GHG-­‐2)

Cumulative Impacts

• Cumulative Peak Hour Traffic at Study Intersections. Increases in traffic associated with the Project would contribute to increased delay during the a.m. and p.m. peak hours under Year
2040 conditions contributing to significant and unavoidable cumulative impacts at study
intersections. (Impact TRA-­‐10)

• Cumulative Peak Hour Traffic on Routes of Regional Significance. Increases in peak hour traffic associated with the Project under Year 2040 conditions would contribute to significant and unavoidable cumulative impacts to regionally significant segments of State Route
84/Bayfront Expressway, and US 101. (Impact TRA-­‐11)

• Cumulative Daily Traffic on Roadway Segments. Increases in daily traffic associated with the Project would contribute to increased daily traffic volumes on study segments under Year 2040 conditions, contributing to significant and unavoidable cumulative impacts on roadway
segments. (Impact TRA-­‐12)


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Posted by Bud Trapp
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Sep 16, 2016 at 2:35 pm

It does seem very strange that a high quality company like Facebook is not building innovative housing complexes, as is done in Singapore, to house many of the 6,400 additional employees. Of equal concern is the fact that Menlo Park is not requiring Facebook to build housing on the Facebook land.


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Posted by MPer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 16, 2016 at 3:58 pm

@bud

Facebook is trying to build housing right on their property and more near by. It is not part of this project, but proposed in another. Issue is that many people are naysaying that project as well.


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