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Many other changes are also impacting the Belle Haven neighborhood, including new land uses (the Facebook campuses and Menlo Gateway), changing demographics, and rising housing costs. With all of these changes, the City wants to have an up-to-date understanding of neighborhood needs, issues and priorities so it can consider this information in its decision-making.
The Visioning Process is unique in that it will identify a set of priorities with City decision-makers, identify specific actions and roles, and help build neighborhood capacity so that residents can work effectively with the City to realize the vision.
In Belle Haven, the Community Services Department oversees Kelly Park, the pool, senior center, library, Onetta Harris Community Center, and the Child Development Center and is a partner at the Community School. Many programs and services at these facilities are supported by the Community Services Department.
City services like Police and Public Works are all funded by Menlo Park’s share of tax dollars, including sales and property taxes and other revenue sources. Community Services, like recreation programs, the Menlo Children’s Center (including the after-school program), the pool and other activities on the Burgess Campus are largely funded by the fees participants in these programs pay. Community Services in Belle Haven, like the Onetta Harris Community Center, the senior center, the after-school program and the Child Development Center are more reliant on tax funds since user fees are typically lower in Belle Haven.
Several schools draw students from the Belle Haven neighborhood, such as Belle Haven and Willow Oaks Elementary Schools. These schools are part of the Ravenswood School District, while other Menlo Park neighborhoods are part of the Menlo Park City School District. Students from the whole city come together to attend high school at Menlo-Atherton High School beginning in 9th grade.
The Tinsley court-ordered desegregation program allows students of color living in the Ravenswood City School District attendance area who will be entering kindergarten, first or second grade in the following school year to apply for transfers to the following seven districts: Belmont-Redwood Shores, Las Lomitas, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, San Carlos and Woodside. Non-minority students in those seven districts and Redwood City may apply for transfers to Ravenswood.
Coordination of the “full service” school approach is led by the City through the Community School Director, who works side-by-side with the school principal. The Community School Director is tasked with addressing the barriers to learning, providing access to vital services and forging strategic partnerships so that the principal can focus on student achievement, teacher performance, increasing test scores and improving the school climate.
If the addition is a FEMA substantial improvement, then the project must comply with FEMA regulations for building in the flood plain and with the City’s Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. In short, these requirements include:
a. Elevating the building above the BFE (requirements will vary on type of project - refer to question 6.)b. Anchoring the building to prevent flotation and lateral movementc. Using materials below BFE that are resistant to flood damaged. Using construction methods that minimize flood damagee. Placing utilities above the BFE (HVAC system, electrical and communication wiring, etc)f. Wet-flood-proofing parts the building that are below BFE
If the improvement is being made to a commercial building, the City has a separate worksheet. Call the Engineering Division at 650-330-6740.
a. The building is wet-flood-proofedb. The crawl space height does not exceed four feet c. The crawl space floor is no greater than two feet below the lowest adjacent grade
a. The crawl space floor is no greater than two feet below the lowest adjacent gradeb. The crawlspace height does not exceed four feetc. The building is wet-flood-proofed
Raising your house may reduce the cost of your flood insurance. Ask your insurance agent how much you will save. Multiply the yearly savings by the years you plan to spend in the house. Compare that expense to the cost of raising the house.
The City encourages all building projects in the flood zone, even those that are not FEMA substantial improvements, to comply with FEMA regulations and City ordinance. Structures in compliance with FEMA regulations keep people safer, improve the City’s emergency preparedness and disaster resilience.
All projects completed less that 36 months prior to an application for a building permit are counted toward the cost of the improvement project when deciding whether it is a substantial improvement. If 36 months have elapsed between the issuance of the ‘certificate of occupancy’ for a prior project and the date of application for a new project, then only the new project is counted when determining whether it is a substantial improvement.
However, if the garage slab is below BFE then the lowest adjacent grade (driveway approach) will also be below BFE. This will make it impossible to reduce the cost of flood insurance by removing the home from the flood zone through the LOMA process.
The following Guiding Principles were accepted by the City Council on December 16, 2014.Citywide EquityMenlo Park neighborhoods are protected from unreasonable development and unreasonable cut-through traffic, share the benefits and impacts of local growth, and enjoy equal access to quality services, education, public open space, housing that complements local job opportunities with affordability that limits displacement of current residents, and convenient daily shopping such as grocery stores and pharmacies.Healthy CommunityEveryone in Menlo Park enjoys healthy living spaces, high quality of life, and can safely walk or bike to fresh food, medical services, employment, recreational facilities, and other daily destinations; land owners and occupants take pride in the appearance of property; Menlo Park achieves code compliance and prioritizes improvements that promote safety and healthy living; and the entire city is well-served by emergency services and community policing.Competitive and Innovative Business DestinationMenlo Park embraces emerging technologies, local intelligence, and entrepreneurship, and welcomes reasonable development without excessive traffic congestion that will grow and attract successful companies and innovators that generate local economic activity and tax revenue for the entire community.Corporate ContributionIn exchange for added development potential, construction projects provide physical benefits in the adjacent neighborhood (such as Belle Haven for growth north of US 101), including jobs, housing, schools, libraries, neighborhood retail, childcare, public open space, high speed internet access, and transportation choices.Youth Support and Education ExcellenceMenlo Park children and young adults have equal access to excellent childcare, education, meaningful employment opportunities, and useful training, including internship opportunities at local companies.Great Transportation OptionsMenlo Park provides thoroughly-connected, safe and convenient transportation, adequate emergency vehicle access, and multiple options for people traveling by foot, bicycle, shuttle, bus, car, and train, including daily service along the Dumbarton Rail Corridor.Complete Neighborhoods and Commercial CorridorsMenlo Park neighborhoods are complete communities, featuring well integrated and designed development along vibrant commercial corridors with a live-work-play mix of community-focused businesses that conveniently serve adjacent neighborhoods while respecting their residential character.Accessible Open Space and RecreationMenlo Park provides safe and convenient access to an ample amount of local and regional parks and a range of public open space types, recreational facilities, trails, and enhancements to wetlands and the Bay.Sustainable Environmental PlanningMenlo Park is a leader in efforts to address climate change, adapt to sea-level rise, protect natural and built resources, conserve energy, manage water, utilize renewable energy, and promote green building.
We want our future choices to include information about impacts (both positive and negative) so we can make informed decisions about the area as a whole, not as individual projects are proposed and we want to ensure public investment successfully leverages private investment and results in improved prosperity for the community overall. A specific plan helps achieve these important goals.
Because of this proximity, the long-term vision for each area needs to consider the other, such as by El Camino Real providing uses that support but don't directly compete with downtown's retail core. As the iterative workshop-based process has unfolded, the community has had the opportunity to tailor the plans for downtown, El Camino Real, and the station area in detail.
El Camino Real is a key roadway connecting cities throughout the Peninsula, and it provides a key transportation route through downtown Menlo Park. El Camino Real serves many local businesses fronting and adjacent to the street, and is one of few north-south thoroughfares in the City, providing connections for residents to jobs and services in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Atherton, Redwood City, and beyond.
El Camino Real also divides the City, with the downtown business district on the west side and the Civic Center, recreation facilities and library on the east side, and the Menlo Park City School District schools straddling both sides. This orientation requires frequent crossings by Menlo Park residents on a daily basis, and represents a challenging situation for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists making short trips to local destinations.
The El Camino Real corridor and Downtown Menlo Park were recently re-envisioned through the City’s El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan (Specific Plan), adopted by the Menlo Park City Council in June 2012. The Specific Plan provides the framework for redevelopment of many underutilized parcels in the Plan Area, and encourages transit-oriented, mixed-use and infill development. Menlo Park also adopted a “Complete Streets” Policy in January 2013 to improve its commitment to a comprehensive, integrated transportation network that allows safe and convenient travel along and across streets for all users – including pedestrians, bicyclists, persons with disabilities, motorists, movers of commercial goods, users and operators of public transportation, seniors, children, youth, and families, emergency vehicles, and freight.
1. Occurrence of congested conditions and delay to motorists, transit vehicles, and emergency vehicles during peak commute hours;2. Occurrence of a bottleneck for vehicular traffic in the northbound direction, where El Camino Real, Sand Hill Road, and Alma Street (six total lanes) feed traffic to El Camino Real, which drops from three to two lanes at Ravenswood Avenue-Menlo Avenue;3. Ability to serve local traffic and connect local businesses, including provision of on-street parking; 4. Safety of motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians traveling along and across El Camino Real;5. Barriers to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians attempting to cross El Camino Real;6. Prevalence of motorists making U-turns at Cambridge Avenue;7. Comfort of bicyclists traveling on El Camino Real, and bicyclists’ need to access local destinations in the corridor; and8. Designation of El Camino Real as a Class II bike lane/minimum Class III bike route facility in the Specific Plan.
Please watch for details on upcoming events. You can also contact us directly with your thoughts and sign up for email updates on the project. We look forward to hearing your ideas on how to improve El Camino Real.
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The City’s Floodplain Manager can provide the needed documentation to your insurance agent. Email a copy of the letter you received from the NFIP or FEMA to WJLoy@menlopark.org, or call 650-330-6740.
In the early 1970s the City of Menlo Park followed FEMAs procedure to develop a map showing where floods were most likely to occur. The maps were based on historic records of rainfall, tides and volume of water flowing down local creeks. The maps have been updated five times since then and are due to be updated again in 2017.
The National Flood Insurance Program, through your homeowners’ insurance company, uses these maps to decide who needs flood insurance and how much it should cost.
a. You moved into your home and purchased your flood insurance policy before April 4, 1999b. Before April 4, 1999 your lot was not in a special flood hazard area. After April 4, 1999 your lot was inside a special flood hazard area.c. You have carried flood insurance continuously since you first obtained it.
There are several categories of SFHA. They include A, AE, AO, A99, V and VE. Each has a different flood insurance cost associated with it.
Homes in SFHAs that have been paid for with federally-backed mortgages are required to carry flood insurance.
Although mosquito control pesticides pose very low risks, some people may prefer to avoid or even further minimize exposure. People who suffer from chemical sensitivities or breathing conditions such as asthma can reduce their potential for exposure by staying indoors during the application period and may want to consult their physician or local health department for more information.
For more information, and to determine if a report can be released to you, visit our police records page. For information about the status of your report, please contact the Records Division at 650-330-6310
Violation - Enforcement 1st - Warning only. Educate customer on proper water conservation practices 2nd - $50 fine 3rd - $100 fine 4th - $200 fine, and review by the Public Works Director (or his/her designee) to determine if a flow restricting device should be installed 5th - $500 fine, and review by the Public Works Director (or his/her designee) to determine if water service should be discontinued6th - $500 fine, water service shall be discontinued
Cal Water and O'Connor Tract Cooperative water customers should contact their respective water provider for more information about their enforcement procedures and penalties.
California Water Service 844-726-8579 Toll Free www.calwater.comO'Connor Tract Coop Water 650-321-2723 www.oconnorwater.org
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CalWater and O'Connor Tract Cooperative water customers should contact their respective water provider for more information about their water conservation programs.
California Water Service 844-726-8579 Toll Free www.calwater.comO'Connor Tract Coop Water 650-321-2723 www.oconnorwater.org
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