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Questions re General Plan update

From: domainremoved <Steve>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:29:31 -0700

I am responding to the City's Newsflash that I received at 4:15 PM today.
Like many residents in Menlo Park, I want to understand clearly the
substance of the Notice of Preparation for the environmental study of the
updated General Plan. It is imperative that Menlo Park residents understand
the impacts of development on our quality of life over the next 20 years.
The operative General Plan that was adopted before I was elected to the
City Council is entitled the 1994 General Plan and it covered a 16 year
period from 1994 to 2010. It studied three measurements:
1. The amount of existing development.
2. The most likely amount of development over the next 15 years.
3. The maximum amount of development possible. This task was determined
through a block by block assessment of likely sites. The current zoning
rules were the tools used to project possible development.

An update of the 1994 General Plan is, as everyone will agree, overdue. It
is my recollection that the growth projected in the 1994 General Plan and
expected by 2010 was reached *before the year 2000*.

Here are 5 question for your discussion tonight:

1. Why is this update being billed as a General Plan update when it does
not include city-wide information but, instead focusses on the M-2 area?
The information that is *missing* is the amount of development that has
occurred since the 2010 projection was reached.

2. What has been built since 2000?

3. Has there been development approved since 2000 but not yet fully built
and if so where?

4. Is there a block by block estimate of potential development under
current zoning?

5. Are the only zoning changes currently contemplated in the M-2 area?

6. What is the 20 year projection for additional development in the rest of
the city, the non-M-2 area? Sunset Magazine? Big Five store site?

7. SInce city-wide development is not being evaluated, isn't this update a
Specific Plan for the M-2 area?

8. How can the community understand the impacts of development over the
next 20 years if the only data relates to the M-2 area?

9.How can the community evaluate the benefits and negative impacts of
future development if they have no information as to the cumulative
development for the *last 15 years?*

Thank you for your consideration of these questions. Going forward without
knowing the answers would be unwise.

Steve Schmidt
Received on Tue Jun 16 2015 - 17:26:13 PDT

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