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From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:47:06 +0000

Hello Jim,

Thank you for your email regarding the Fire District’s plans to use eminent
domain to purchase private homes to expand Station 77 on Chilco Avenue. The
City has no power or authority over the District or their decision to use
eminent domain. That is their decision alone.

However, there are several areas where the City does have legal authority
over land use decisions in this instance. Any expansion of Station 77 onto
residential lots would require an amendment to the City’s General Plan,
rezoning the properties from residential R-1-U to public facility P-F, a
conditional use permit, architectural control, and possibly acquisition of
the parcel owned by the City that is currently leased to the District.

Such actions would require numerous public hearings by the City, including
hearings by the Planning Commission and the City Council. A decision to
amend the General Plan and the rezoning of the properties would require
City Council approval in its discretion.

At this time, since we have seen no definitive plans and no application for
any of the required approvals have been submitted, I am not in a position
to comment on the Fire District’s plans. However, I will note that the City
Council unanimously rejected any plan for the rebuilding of the Highway 101
overpass at Willow Road that required eminent domain.

If you have further questions, concerns, comments on this, or any other
topic, please feel free to contact me.


Kirsten Keith,
Mayor of Menlo Park

On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 12:21 AM <JimLewis_at_(domainremoved)

> Honorable Mayor and Council Members,
> Where were you?
> Nearly 50 members of the public where in attendance at the Fire District's
> Board meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, many of which took time to speak
> on the topic of Fire Station 77 located on Chilco Street.
> Many members of the public asked, "Where are the members of the City
> Council?" They also asked, "Where are the members of the Menlo Park
> staff?" Where were the emails, texts, tweets and/or other forms of
> communication?
> Several letters appeared on your March 21, 2017 CCIN - City Council Email
> log. Thus, even without a copy of the Fire District agenda before you, it
> was a topic that seemed to be actively in the minds of the public.
> The Fire District provides not only fire fighting services, but a variety
> of emergency services, such as medical, disaster preparation and other
> areas of public safety.
> At the meeting, the Board of Directors said this topic would be coming
> back again on their agenda in the future. If you have time, you might
> consider attending.
Received on Wed Mar 22 2017 - 17:51:55 PDT

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