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Re: 653 Roble Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025

From: domainremoved <Kasia>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:33:58 -0800

Hi Corinna,
thank you for your response. I really appreciate it. I recognize it's the
map you sent me a while ago - I missed the big word "AROUND" and I did not
realize it applies to pretty much all of downtown. Too bad this regulation
practically prohibits FAMILIES of more than 3 from living near DOWNTOWN
and lets developers take over this area!

BR,
Kasia Mordec

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 2:17 PM, Sandmeier, Corinna D <
cdsandmeier_at_(domainremoved)

> Hi Kasia,
>
>
>
> Thanks for your voicemail. This property is not in the Specific Plan but
> it is a R-3 parcel around the Specific Plan. Page 2 of the handout at the
> following link provides information on development regulations for parcels
> in the R-3 zone and page 3 consists of a map of the parcels around the
> Specific Plan: http://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/251.
>
>
>
> When the condos where mapped the total floor area ratio (FAR) was limited
> to 45% but now it is limited to 35% based on the density of the
> development. Today we calculate gross floor area a little differently but I
> don’t see how the four condos could total to a FAR of less than 35%, so no
> additions could be permitted.
>
>
>
> Corinna Sandmeier
>
> Associate Planner, City of Menlo Park
>
> 650-330-6726
>
> cdsandmeier_at_(domainremoved)
>
>
>
> *From:* Sandmeier, Corinna D
> *Sent:* Thursday, November 13, 2014 5:27 PM
> *To:* 'Kasia Mordec'
> *Cc:* John Hammerschmidt
> *Subject:* RE: 653 Roble Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
>
>
>
> Hi Kasia,
>
>
>
> The permitted floor area ratio (FAR) for a property with a 30 dwelling
> units per acre (du/ac) is 75%. So if a one acre or 43,560 square foot lot
> has 30 dwelling units on it then the floor area ratio is 75%, meaning it
> could be developed with up to 32,670 square feet of gross floor area. The
> lot on which your condo is located is approximately 13,850 square feet. So
> if it were developed with 30 dwelling units per acre, it would contain 9.5
> condos and could be developed with a FAR of 75%. However, the current
> development consists of approximately 12.5 dwelling units per acre, meaning
> the maximum FAR is 35%. Basically, this regulation is meant to encourage
> higher density development around the specific plan, so the greater the
> number of units, the greater the permitted ratio of the floor area to the
> lot size.
>
>
>
> Garages do not count towards gross floor area. The following is a link to
> the municipal code definition of gross floor area:
> http://www.codepublishing.com/CA/menlopark/?MenloPark16/MenloPark1604.html
>
>
>
> The gross floor area is for the entire lot, consisting of all four condos
> and most other structures, so it’s not possible to add floor area anywhere
> on the lot unless the site is redeveloped to provide a greater number of
> dwelling units.
>
>
>
> Corinna Sandmeier
>
> Associate Planner, City of Menlo Park
>
> tel: 650-330-6726 fax: 650-327-1653
>
> cdsandmeier_at_(domainremoved)
>
>
>
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> *From:* Kasia Mordec [mailto:kasia.mordec_at_(domainremoved)
> <kasia.mordec_at_(domainremoved)
> *Sent:* Thursday, November 13, 2014 4:44 PM
> *To:* Sandmeier, Corinna D
> *Cc:* John Hammerschmidt
> *Subject:* Re: 653 Roble Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
>
>
>
> Hi Corinna,
>
> Thank you for your response. Could you, kindly, translate the
>
> "even gradient from 75% for 30 du/ac to
>
> 35% for 13.1 du/ac"
>
> What does "30 du/ac vs 13.1 du/ac" mean. I am trying to understand my
> property:-).
>
> Is there any circumstance under which we could still add a room? Is the
> garage counted as a "floor area"? If so, what if we moved the covered
> garage to the 2nd parking area which is currently an open space i.e. make a
> detached garage, which would make the living floor area smaller?
>
> I appreciate your help.
>
> BR,
>
> Kasia Mordec
>
>
>
>
>
> On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 4:05 PM, Sandmeier, Corinna D <
> cdsandmeier_at_(domainremoved)
>
> Hi John,
>
>
>
> When I talked to you on Monday I didn’t realize that this is a R-3 parcel
> around the El Camino Real Downtown Specific Plan. Page 2 of the handout at
> the following link provides information on development regulations for
> parcels in the R-3 zone and page 3 consists of a map of the parcels around
> the Specific Plan: http://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/251.
>
>
>
> When the condos where mapped the total floor area ratio (FAR) was limited
> to 45% but now it is limited to 35% based on the density of the
> development. Today we calculate gross floor area a little differently but I
> don’t see how the four condos could total to a FAR of less than 35%, so no
> additions could be permitted.
>
>
>
> Please let me know if you have any further questions.
>
>
>
> Corinna Sandmeier
>
> Associate Planner, City of Menlo Park
>
> tel: 650-330-6726 fax: 650-327-1653
>
> cdsandmeier_at_(domainremoved)
>
>
>
> *From:* John Hammerschmidt [mailto:john_at_(domainremoved)
> *Sent:* Thursday, November 13, 2014 2:47 PM
> *To:* Sandmeier, Corinna D
> *Cc:* kasia.mordec_at_(domainremoved)
> *Subject:* 653 Roble Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
>
>
>
> Hi Corinna,
>
>
>
> Just checking in to see what the verdict was at your planning meeting
> today on 653 Roble Avenue. The owner as talked to the Homeowners
> association and they have no problem with the additional square footage
> being add, so it shouldn’t be a problem with the neighbors.
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> John Hammerschmidt
>
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