An initial environmental study has been done, but because of a lawsuit settlement reached between the cities of Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, new developments brought forward following the rezoning in the "ConnectMenlo" area on the Bay side of the city have to go through the more extensive environmental analysis. The impact areas that consultants will study further are air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, traffic noise, population and housing, and transportation. After these impacts are studied, the matter will come back to the Planning Commission for additional review, and the public will get a 45-day window to provide feedback on the environmental analyses. The developer will also complete a fiscal impact analysis to evaluate the potential value of the building and determine what is fair for the developer to provide to the community in exchange for development permits.
Planning Commissioner Henry Riggs also asked if the city could find out how the development would impact specific neighborhoods around it.
Those who wish to weigh in can send their comments to Kaitie Meador at [email protected], or by mail to her at the City of Menlo Park, Community Development Department Planning Division, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025 by the deadline, 5 p.m. on Monday, July 15.
Access the preliminary environmental analysis online at is.gd/independence111.
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