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Willows Village -- EIR Contract & Related

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:47:52 -0700

Dear Council,

Some comments/Concerns:

   - I ask that Willows Village EIR receive the fullest possible
   transparency and public input. Towards that end, will Council
consider *updating
   the City's Public Noticying Polic
   <https://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/273/Public-Noticing-Policy>y?
   (*I have separately sent Council suggestions for this item.)

   - By the time this project gets to Council for its final consideration,
   will this project have *already exceeded the M-2 Area development caps?* If
   so, what does Council think of its continuing in its present scope?
Resolution
   No. 6356
   <https://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/12598/Resolution?bidId=>lists
   the caps on pages 5 and 6.

   - Can the public have a summary of Facebook's prior Development
   Agreements? Clarifying exactly what Facebook has previously agreed to --
   and delivered so far -- would be helpful.

   - The last page of the Willows Village Staff Report states that "the
   applicant deposits money with the City and the City pays the
consultants." *Where
   is the EIR money deposited?* is it added to the Charges for Services
   category in the new Finance Dashboard
   <https://www.menlopark.org/operatingreports>?

   - A local contractor also told me recently that *Facebook has its own
   sub department within the Planning Department* so as to make getting
   permits and attention easier. He said he frequently goes to the Planning
   Department and was told about the department by Planning Staff. Is this
   true? If so, how many Staff work in the Facebook suboffice? Does the
   Planning Department have other sub offices that serve one particular
   developer? How does the City avoid, or attempt to avoid, possible conflicts
   of interest that would naturally be present when a developer is basically
   paying a Staff person's salary for an extended period of time? Obtaining
   the objective facts would be helpful in considering what needs to change so
   as to help make MP a more resident-focused City as it pertains to major
   developments.

Lynne Bramlett
Received on Tue Jul 16 2019 - 16:42:02 PDT

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