Brace for a marathon meeting. Tonight, the Menlo Park Planning Commission will review the city's general plan update, and possibly recommend that the City Council approve it. (Next Monday, Oct. 24, has also been set aside for the commission to discuss it, if necessary.)
Tonight's meeting is the second-to-last barrier the project faces before it goes before the council, and follows two years' work by staff and consultants from PlaceWorks, and more than 60 meetings to discuss and gather community feedback.
The packet of drafted zoning changes, a final environmental impact report, a fiscal impact analysis, many community letters, and more will be presented to the Planning Commission.
The proposed zoning changes could result in the building of 2.3 million square feet of nonresidential space, 4,500 housing units and 400 hotel rooms in Menlo Park east of U.S. 101.
With the update, the general plan could result in the city's population rising to 50,000 residents and 53,000 workers by 2040, according to the consultant's estimates.