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.