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RE: Request to change agenda April 10 meeting

From: Sandmeier, Corinna D <"Sandmeier,>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2017 01:51:53 +0000

Ms. Johnck,

I'm the project manager for this use permit application. Thank you for highlighting that the staff report for the previous proposal at 318 Pope Street was not available with the online Planning Commission agenda from 2015, we'll add the correct staff report so it's available online. As you know, on July 20, 2015, the Planning Commission approved a use permit to demolish the existing single-story, single-family residence and construct a new two-story, single-family residence at 318 Pope Street as requested by the previous property owners. However, the existing house was never demolished and the use permit approval has expired. The current proposal consists of a new design, submitted by a new property owner.

The current property owner has applied for a heritage tree removal permit separately from the use permit application to construct a new two-story residence on a substandard lot. This heritage tree removal permit has been denied by the City Arborist and EQC, and is subject to pending City Council review. The City Council's decision on the appeal of the EQC action does not affect the feasibility of the use permit proposal as the proposed residence would be further away from the heritage redwood tree than the current residence and protection measures described in the arborist report and addendum report would protect the tree. As the Planning Commission and City Council hearings are independent of each other, we believe the Planning Commission hearing on the use permit application does not need to be delayed until after the City Council hearing on the appeal of the EQC denial of the heritage tree removal permit.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Corinna Sandmeier
Associate Planner, City of Menlo Park
650-330-6726
cdsandmeier_at_(domainremoved)

From: Brielle Johnck [mailto:gabriellejohnck_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2017 9:49 AM
To: Katherine Strehl
Cc: Drew Combs; _CCIN
Subject: Request to change agenda April 10 meeting

Ms. Strehl and Mr. Combs,
As Chair and Vice Chair of the Planning Commission I ask that you remove from the April 10, 2017 Agenda a review of 318 Pope St use/permit issue. This hearing is premature in that a tree removal permit will be heard by the Council on April 25, 2017. The siting plan for this house depends on the decision the Council will make regarding the removal of heritage trees on the property.

This property and its plans were heard by the Planning Commission on July 20, 2015 when a prior owner was seeking a use permit. At that time, the trees in question were protected as heritage trees. Please note that the Staff Report attached to the minutes to this Planning Commission meeting is for a different application, not 318 Pope St. Please ask that this error be corrected. I am interested in seeing the site design done in July 2015 so as to compare it with the site design requested by the current applicant Scott Cole.

This is a difficult parcel that comes with a complex growth of heritage trees and careful attention needs to be given to the permits granted. I believe that the Planning Commission reviewing the plans before the Council makes its decision regarding the removal of the redwood tree is premature.

Brielle Johnck
Received on Mon Apr 03 2017 - 18:57:30 PDT

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