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Re: Noise levels on the weekend due to West Campus - Facebook Project

From: Murphy, Justin I C <"Murphy,>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 09:27:55 -0800

Hi Elidia,

Thanks for checking in. Today is not a Holiday as defined in the Noise Ordinance. Therefore, construction activity during the day today is not considered extended hours. Christmas Day and New Year's Day are holidays per the Noise Ordinance.

I hope this clarifies the situation.


On Dec 24, 2014, at 8:44 AM, Elidia Contreras Tafoya <econtreras_at_(domainremoved)

Happy Christmas Eve!

The construction, as suspected, is in full swing this morning, in violation of extended hours.

I will provide a video shortly, but you all are welcome to come take a look this morning: 885 willow Rd. Menlo Park.



Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 23, 2014, at 3:59 PM, Murphy, Justin I C <JICMurphy_at_(domainremoved)

Dear Ms. Tafoya,

Thank you for your email.

I would like to confirm that Facebook has an administrative permit as allowed by Section 8.06.060 of the Municipal Code to exceed the stated noise limits subject to specific conditions which I have listed below:

1. Extended work hours: Except as clarified in Condition 2, the Extended Work Hours are valid until March 6, 2015, as described below. All work done outside of these Extended Work Hours shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 8.06 of the Menlo Park Municipal Code.

a. Monday through Friday, 7:00 am through 7:00 pm.

b. Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

2. Holiday Limitations: The Extended Work Hours are not approved for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day.

3. Truck Routes: The truck routes shall be limited to one way to reduce the need for use of back-up beepers.

4. Noise Monitoring: During all on-site work activities occurring during these Extended Work Hours, as well as any on-site work occurring either before or after the approved Extended Work Hours, continuous noise monitoring shall be performed. The noise monitoring equipment shall be located close to the nearest residential units. The results of the noise monitoring shall be provided to the City every two weeks.

5. Lighting: Any construction lighting shall require the approval of a separate permit.

6. Complaints: If excessive after-hour complaints are received that cannot be easily rectified, work hours may be reduced to such hours as determined to be appropriate by the Community Development Director.

7. Signage: For the duration of the time period that work occurs outside of standard construction noise hours as governed by Chapter 8.06, Noise, of the City of Menlo Park Municipal Code, a sign shall be erected on the project site, visible to the public that provides a number that individuals can call in the event of questions, complaints or comments.

8. Permit Modification or Revocation: If substantial complaints are received, the City reserves the right to modify or revoke the approval.

As you can see from the above conditions, Facebook’s contractors are not allowed to exceed the noise ordinance on a 24/7 basis but is limited to Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and with no noisy activities allowed on Sundays. We have contacted the Facebook team regarding your concern. They are currently working on possible adjustments to address your concerns and may contact you directly.

Since City Hall will be closed over the holidays (December 24 through January 1) we are doing our best to address your concerns today. However, during the holidays you may call the Police Department if violations occur. The Police Dispatch Center and the Code Enforcement Officer have been provided with the above conditions.

In terms of noticing, feel free to provide me with your address and we can cross check it against the properties that received notice.

Thank you for your suggestion of placing a sign facing toward the neighborhood. This is a good idea and one we will pursue with Facebook. Additionally, if issues continue into the new year, we will explore additional measures to reduce potential noise impacts.

If you would like to discuss this matter further, feel free to give me a call.


Justin Murphy
Asst. Community Development Director

From: Elidia Contreras [mailto:lvcontreras_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 8:01 AM
To: _Planning Commission
Cc: Elidia Contreras Tafoya; Daniel Tafoya; Carmen Contreras; daniel.mora_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Noise levels on the weekend due to West Campus - Facebook Project

Dear Planning Commissioners,

I hope you are all enjoying the merriment of the holiday season with loved ones.

Over the weekend, I noticed construction was underway in the West Campus - Facebook Project. I live in the Belle Haven area, within 300 feet of the project, and I did not need to stand in front of the construction zone to be immediately awoken by the noise disturbance. I took a stroll near the construction zone, and I noticed there was a smorgasbord of construction crew members and machinery in full swing. It was such a wonderful site to see, but I am concerned about the noise being generated by this project, especially on the weekend when I and fellow residents are hoping to enjoy these last few weeks with loved ones visiting from out of town in peace and quiet.

After reading through the planned construction hours of operation of Facebook project, I do not recall weekend hours being permissible.

My plan of action was to call the non-emergency line over the weekend (12/20), and was told from the police department that they would look into the matter.

I called again on Sunday, 12/21, and this is when the police department told me Facebook had filed a special permit for work to be done 24/7 at the site. After looking at Menlo Park's municipal codes, I do not see a special permit of such nature. Furthermore, I do not see a special permit filed on the Facebook's project website.

Lastly, I called the Menlo Park Planning Division regarding the Facebook project was told that they submitted a special permit to work 24/7 to complete their March deadline, and a notice was mailed out to residents within 300 feet of the site regarding the request. Unfortunately, I, along with other residents, do not recall receiving the notice in the mail.

Given the Municipal Code Chapter 8.06 on Noise, I wanted to report these excessive noise levels since work hours are regulated by this very tool. There are no trucks and/or entrances of the construction site near the Belle Haven corridor off of Hamilton Rd., so no sign containing the permitted hours of construction activities exceeding the noise limits, set forth in Section 9.06.030, is required.

I believe the noise levels on the weekend are intolerable and far exceed the 85 decibels at fifty feet even during the week, like today. As a solution, I would like the noise level on the weekend in Belle Haven to resume to adequate noise levels and repeal the "special permit" that was allowed, and I would like to see a sign posted on the Belle Haven side regarding the construction hours since I am certain the noise does not change Monday - Friday while we are at work.

Thank you for your attention to this matter,

Elidia V. Tafoya, MPH
Long-time Belle Haven Resident
Parks and Recreation Commission Member
Received on Wed Dec 24 2014 - 09:21:26 PST

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