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ECR/Downtown Specific Plan Review- important questions

From: domainremoved <Patti>
Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 14:12:35 +0200

Honorable Mayor and Councilmembers:
Vital information you and the public require in order to fairly evaluate potential Specific Plan changes that should carry it forward better over the next several years of its intended life include:
   1. How does the pattern of development to date compare with the pattern embodied in the community Vision and studied in the Plan’s EIR? Specifically, how many net new SF of Office, Retail, Other Non-Residential; number of net new Hotel rooms and Housing units have been approved? How many proposed of each type is in the pipeline? This detailed information has been asked previously and has not yet been provided to Council.

   2. What is the estimated current local density of SF per Office worker? The staff report suggests this is not easy to calculate precisely for approved projects. That calculation is not necessary. All you need are market estimates, which appear to be in the range of 150-250 SF/Office worker, and approximately 50 SF/ incubator worker, based on comments made by local businesses and developers.

   3. What steps would be required if the Council were to modify the housing density and/or the Office development intensity at the Base and/or Public Benefit levels, assuming the overall maximum density or intensity for a given zoning district remained at or below its current maximum?

   4. In what ways could the SP protect or preserve Restaurants and Retail along EL Camino Real?

Since the Specific Plan’s anticipated improved balance of jobs:housing has not transpired, having skewed heavily towards Office/jobs with disproportionately much smaller gains in housing units as well as large losses of Retail/ Restaurants on El Camino Real and a critical housing shortage, it is high time to reconsider the Plan’s zoning rules. These rules currently do not REQUIRE balanced development, and are ALLOWING unbalanced development.

In order to modify the rules appropriately for the short and long term, you need to know the answers to the above Questions NOW.

There is little to stop the trends of exacerbated jobs/housing imbalance and displacement due to a worsening housing shortage, worsened traffic because few can live/work/play in the same area, and loss of the very businesses that make this a desirable residential community... unless the Council acts. Our community deserves rapid answers and firm Council action.

Respectfully submitted,
Patti Fry, former Menlo Park Planning Commissioner

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Received on Mon May 13 2019 - 05:07:20 PDT

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