Project timeline

The Housing Element Update project will span approximately 18 months. The graphic below highlights major milestones.

Housing Element Update - major milestones

The chronology below highlights select events that have occurred, beginning with the most recent event.

On September 23, 2021, the City held a community meeting to share information on preliminary strategies to meet housing needs in Menlo Park and provide opportunity to hear from the community on how and where new housing should be located. The input received will help shape land use alternatives/scenarios for future housing.

On August 26, 2021, the City held a community meeting to share information about housing equity, environmental justice, and safety issues in Menlo Park and provide an opportunity to receive input from the public. The information provided and feedback received will help form policies for the Housing, Environmental Justice, and Safety Elements.

On August 14, 2021, the City held a community meeting to provide an overview of preliminary land use strategies to implement the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA, pronounced "Reena") and gain community feedback. The RHNA specifies the number of housing units at each income level category required to comply with State mandates. The purpose of this meeting was to introduce land use strategies to the public and to receive feedback. The information provided and feedback received will help develop the land use strategies to meet the RHNA.

On August 12, 2021, the Housing Element Community Engagement and Outreach Committee (CEOC) conducted a meeting and received an update on recent Housing Element Update community outreach activities and reviewed and provided feedback on upcoming Housing Element Update community outreach activities.

On August 4, 2021, the Housing Commission conducted a meeting and reviewed and provided feedback on potential land use strategies to meet the Regional Housing Need Allocation for the 2023-2031 planning period as part of the Housing Element Update.

On July 15, 2021, the Housing Element Community Engagement and Outreach Committee (CEOC) conducted a meeting and reviewed and provided feedback on the draft community survey.

On July 1, 2021, the City held a Housing Element Update Introduction Webinar to provide an overview of the Housing Element Update process, project components, and ways to be involved in the process.

On June 10, 2021, the Housing Element Community Engagement and Outreach Committee (CEOC) conducted a meeting and continued discussion for the committee's roles and responsibilities and provided feedback on Housing Element focus groups, stakeholder interviews, and local community outreach partnerships.

On June 8, 2021, the City Council appointed 1 additional member (1 vacancy) to the Housing Element Community Engagement and Outreach Committee (CEOC).

On June 3, 2021, the Housing Element Community Engagement and Outreach Committee (CEOC) conducted a meeting and reviewed and provided feedback on the draft community engagement and outreach plan.

On May 27, 2021, the Housing Element Community Engagement and Outreach Committee (CEOC) conducted a meeting and reviewed the committee's roles and responsibilities and received an overview of the Housing Element Update project.

On May 25, 2021, the City Council received an overview of the Housing Element Update project and provided feedback on the goals and objectives, roles and responsibilities of the various reviewing and decision-making bodies, and the community engagement and outreach plan

On May 25, 2021, the City Council appointed 12 members (2 vacancies) to the Housing Element Community Engagement and Outreach Committee (CEOC).

On May 11, 2021, the City Council appointed Mayor Drew Combs and Councilmember Jen Wolosin to the Housing Element subcommittee.

On April 27, 2021, the City Council authorized the formation of the advisory Community Engagement and Outreach Committee (CEOC) for the Housing Element Update project.

On March 23, 2021, the City Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with M-Group planning consultants for the Housing Element Update project.