Draft Documents

The Guiding Principles

(December 2014)
The Guiding Principles were established through a collaborative process in the Fall of 2014 and accepted by the City Council in December 2014.  The Principles describe the kind of place that community members want Menlo Park to be.

Draft Land Use Element

(draft October 2015)
The Draft Land Use and Circulation Elements are two of the seven mandated elements (or chapters) of a General Plan. The Draft Land Use Element includes a regional land use framework for context, discusses the overall City’s land use composition and defines the General Plan land use designations and goals, policies and programs.  The proposed General Plan land use designations and goals, policies and programs seek to both preserve the qualities of the City and to accommodate change that can benefit the community through increased revenue that supports services and direct provision of amenities that enhance the quality of life in Menlo Park.  The goals, policies and programs of the Draft Land Use Element support the Guiding Principles.

Draft Circulation Element

(draft October 2015)
The Draft Circulation Element describes distinct issues and opportunities that Menlo Park is likely to face during the next 25 years, as well as strategies for addressing them.  With the proposed Circulation Element, the focus and vision for mobility in Menlo Park increasingly provides transportation options for residents and employees to improve access to a safe and connected network of facilities, encourage physical activity and health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The goals, policies and programs of the Draft Circulation Element support the Guiding Principles.

Draft Zoning Ordinances

(draft May 2016)
As part of the General Plan Update, the City is concurrently working on the M-2 Area Zoning Update to develop zoning that is consistent with the proposed new General Plan land use designations. The draft zoning ordinances are for the proposed Office (O), Life Sciences (LS), and Residential Mixed Use (R-MU) districts, which are intended to create a live/work/play environment for the M-2 Area.

Like other zoning districts in the Zoning Ordinance, the proposed language specifies the types of uses that are allowed in each district, as well as uses that require administrative review by the Community Development Director or a use permit, subject to the review and approval of the Planning Commission. In addition, each district outlines detailed development standards such as setbacks, floor area ratio, density, and height requirements. In addition, the proposed zoning language addresses community amenities, and establishes design standards and green and sustainable building regulations into each zoning district.

Draft M-2 Area Zoning Map

(draft May 2016)
Most of the existing M-2 zoned land would be replaced by one of the three new zoning districts. The draft zoning map identifies the properties in the M-2 Area that are proposed to be rezoned as part of the ConnectMenlo process.

Fiscal Impact Analysis (FIA)


The objective of an FIA is the projection of changes in public revenues and costs associated with development of a project, and is an informational tool.

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  1. Deanna Chow
    Principal Planner
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    650-330-6733