Menlo Park releases final environmental impact report on city's general plan update


The final environmental impact report on Menlo Park's general plan update was released Oct. 10.

The Menlo Park Planning Commission is scheduled to review the document Wednesday, Oct. 19, and Monday, Oct. 24, if necessary, and will make recommendations to the City Council.

The council is tentatively scheduled to review the general plan update in its entirety on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The city's general plan is its constitution that governs future development. The proposed zoning changes in Menlo Park's M-2 area east of U.S. 101 could allow construction of 2.3 million additional square feet of nonresidential buildings, 400 hotel rooms and 4,500 residential units. If built out, the combined new development could add 11,570 new residents and 5,500 employees to Menlo Park.

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Posted by Marjorie Z
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm

11,000 new residents? I am wondering where their children will go to school.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 14, 2016 at 1:35 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"the combined new development could add 11,570 new residents and 5,500 employees to Menlo Park. "

And yet this fantasy report states that .."the adoption of the proposed project would result in less‐than‐significant impacts with respect to the need for remodeled or expanded MPFPD facilities."

In other words all of those 17,000 new people could be served by the existing MPFPD Station 77 those currently serves Belle Haven.

This is a perfect example of a Lead Agency, Menlo Park, totally ignoring its responsibility to identify impacts of proposed development on ALL agencies.

The Menlo Park response is that these 17,000 people will have no impact on the need for fire services and emergency medical care!

Those 17,000 people would increase the population of the Fire District by almost 20% and the population of the area served by Station 77 by almost 100%.

No impact - only in Menlo Park's dreams !!

For the Fire District this would be a nightmare.

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Posted by the real story
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 14, 2016 at 2:24 pm

The real story is that the combination of the upzoning near Facebook on top of projects approved and pending mean not just 11,570 new residents and 5,500 employees. The real difference between now and 2040 is 17,450 new residents and 22,350 new employees. And 6,780 new homes. Think about that. More employees on the order of three times the amount of new homes. This means more commuters, more traffic congestion. More displacement of neighbors who can't afford to live here. More demands on schools.

The travesty is that the General Plan has almost no new infrastructure plans in it. It dismisses the fire district's concerns. It dismisses almost every comment and concern.
So why is this massive growth being proposed? That is another real story.

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