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This is what is wrong with the Public Benefit Process for 1704 ECR

From: domainremoved <Peter>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2018 08:41:28 +0100

The DSP requires that:

"Projects requesting a public benefit bonus FAR, density
and/or height are required to conduct an initial public study
session with the Planning Commission, in which both the
project and the proposed public benefit are presented for
initial evaluation and comment (both from the Planning
Commission and the public)."

Yet the Staff Report on 1704 ECR states:
"Other tasks, such as hotel incentives, especially the proposed short term change of allowing hotels at the public benefit bonus level FAR (floor area ratio) without the need for a fiscal analysis, may be less urgent, although it should be noted that allowing hotels at the public benefit bonus level FAR would only require a text edit. The only currently pending hotel proposal, located at 1704 El Camino Real, is proposed at the Staff Report #: 18-064-PC City of Menlo Park 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025 tel 650-330-6600 www.menlopark.org bonus level FAR; however, the applicants submitted a third party fiscal analysis as part of their March 12, 2018 Planning Commission study session, at which the Planning Commission indicated the TOT revenue the city would receive from the hotel is sufficient as a public benefit to allow development at the public benefit bonus level."

Note "only require a text edit" - is that like just changing a word in the Constitution?

Note "the TOT revenue the city would receive from the hotel is sufficient as a public benefit to allow development at the public benefit bonus level."

The decision to grant a Public Benefit Bonus rests with the Planning Commission NOT the staff or a contractor.

There has been no Public Benefit Hearing and there cannot be an assumption that "the TOT revenue the city would receive from the hotel is sufficient as a public benefit to allow development at the public benefit bonus level. “

This entire paragraph shows what is wrong with the Public Benefit Bonus Process for 1704 ECR.


Peter Carpenter
140 Forest Lane
Menlo Park
Received on Fri Oct 26 2018 - 00:40:00 PDT

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