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Re: El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan Maximum Allowable Development - more

From: domainremoved <Patti>
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2017 13:44:57 -0800

Using arithmetic and the information provided in the 12/5/17 City Council
staff report Attachment A., the Maximum Allowable Development threshold for
non-residential SF has already been exceeded. According to my calculations,
the total square feet for the pending projects is 85,151 SF, which is 18%
of the 474,000 SF MAD. The approved projects total is 438,049 SF, which is
82% of the 474,000 SF MAD. The threshold is 80%.

It appears the Council needs to take some action on a future agenda to
fulfill the Implementation requirements of the ECR/Downtown Specific Plan.


> On Dec 1, 2017, at 5:16 PM, Patti L Fry <pattilfry_at_(domainremoved)
> Planning Commission - FYI. You can help monitor the Plan, particularly the
> differential rate of development of housing units and non-residential
> square footage in light of the housing shortage.
> Here is the link to the referenced City Council staff report
> <https://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/16119>
> Patti Fry
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Patti L Fry <pattilfry_at_(domainremoved)
> Date: Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 4:47 PM
> Subject: El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan Maximum Allowable
> Development
> To: City Council <city.council_at_(domainremoved)
> City Council:
> On your agenda for December 5, 2017 is an Information Item regarding the
> status of development allowed by the ECR/Downtown Specific Plan. It shows
> that with pending and approved projects, the non-residential square footage
> would reach 92% of the Maximum Allowable Development ("MAD").
> It appears that the Council must act, not just be informed, before any
> pending non-residential projects are approved because the actual approvals
> have exceeded, or are about to exceed, the threshold at which the Council
> is required to decide whether to amend the Plan with appropriate
> environmental review or make no changes. That threshold is 80%, yet the
> staff report clearly shows that approved and pending projects would
> comprise 92% of the maximum allowable non-residential development allowed
> under the Plan (77% in 2015) and only 72% of the maximum allowable housing
> units (71% in 2015).
> As stated in the staff report (page G16 of the Specific Plan):
> "After the granting of entitlements or building permits for 80 percent or
> more of either the maximum residential units or maximum non-residential
> square footage, the Community Development Director will report to the City
> Council. The Council would then consider whether it wished to consider
> amending the Plan and completing the required environmental review, or the
> Council could choose to make no changes in the Plan."
> Since the staff report does not indicate that the Council was advised of
> the threshold being exceeded, it appears that the issue of retaining the
> plan as-is or amending it must be addressed by the Council. The approved
> and pending non-residential development of 92% clearly exceeds the 80%
> threshold. Additionally, it appears that monitoring the status of the Plan
> should be done more frequently than every two years at this point.
> Patti Fry
> Menlo Park resident and former Planning Commissioner
Received on Sat Dec 02 2017 - 13:49:46 PST

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