On November 29, and December 6, 2016, the City Council completed actions to approve the ConnectMenlo General Plan Land Use and Circulation Elements. This was a multi-year, comprehensive process that represents a vision for a live/work/play environment in the former M-2 Area while maintaining the character and values that the City has embraced. The General Plan serves as the City’s comprehensive and long range guide to land use and infrastructure development in the City. The Land Use and Circulation Elements, along with the Housing Element which was adopted in 2014, provide the key policy framework to guide the City’s physical development. While the adoption of the General Plan was a major accomplishment for the City, the work is not done. The plan is dynamic; the Elements contain a number of goals, policies and programs that implement the City’s vision.
Transportation challenges, including multi-modal safety, traffic congestion, neighborhood quality of life, and regional coordination are significant concerns to the City of Menlo Park. The Circulation Element includes a number of forthcoming transportation-related programs, including those to encourage multi-modal transportation, provide opportunities for active transportation to encourage health and wellness, minimize cut-through traffic on residential streets, and consider changes to the transportation impact metrics the City uses to evaluate development proposals. High priority transportation-related programs are the development of a TMP and updates to the Transportation Impact Fee (TIF).
A TMP would provide a bridge between the policy framework adopted within the Circulation Element and project-level efforts to modify the transportation network within Menlo Park. Broadly, it provides the ability to identify appropriate projects to enhance the transportation network, conduct community engagement to ensure such projects meet the communities’ goals and values, and prioritize projects based on need for implementation. The TMP, when completed, would provide a detailed vision, set goals and performance metrics for network performance, and outline an implementation strategy for both improvements to be implemented locally and for local contributions towards regional improvements. It will serve as an update to the City’s Bicycle and Sidewalk Plans. Following development of the Master Plan, the TIF program update would provide a mechanism to modernize the City’s fee program to collect funds towards construction of the improvements identified and prioritized in the Master Plan.
The TMP, however, is not designed to identify project-level, specific solutions to individual neighborhood cut-through traffic concerns, specific Safe Routes to School infrastructure plans, or provide detailed engineering designs of the improvements that will be identified in the Plan. These efforts would be prioritized in the Plan for future work efforts and through current projects such as Willows Neighborhood Complete Streets.
On May 23, 2017, after an extensive consultant selection process, the City Council authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement with W-Trans for the preparation of the TMP and TIF Program.
The importance of a well-developed Plan, coupled with an accelerated project schedule, prompted the need to create an Oversight and Outreach Committee (the Committee) to help guide and advise the project team to a successful project completion.
Pending City Council approval, the proposed 11-member Committee would be comprised of:
Two at-large members
Two members of the City Council
Three members from local organizations
One member from each of these four City Commissions: 1) Complete Streets Commission, 2) Environmental Quality Commission, 3) Parks & Recreation Commission, and 4) Planning Commission.
The City is currently accepting applications for the two at-large members. Download or visit the City Hall for a copy of the application and more detailed information about the Committee. Please submit your application, via email or mail, to the Deputy City Clerk before the deadline on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
The City Council will review all applications and may contact applicants individually. All appointments will be made by nomination and vote of the City Council at a Council meeting, tentatively scheduled for August 29, 2017.
For additional information about the application process, please contact Jelena Harada, Deputy City Clerk, at (650) 330-6620 or by e-mail at email@example.com. For additional information about the project, please contact Kevin Chen, at (650) 330-6748 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.