How has the community been involved in the process?
The plan included extensive opportunities for input in various formats including:
  • An email list of over 1,000 people who get regular updates
  • Booths at all the Downtown Block Parties
  • Eight citywide mail-outs to all residents and businesses in Menlo Park
  • Extensive sets of Planning Commission and City Council meetings
  • One-on-one interviews with downtown business owners and other important stakeholders
  • Regular Chamber of Commerce outreach
  • Seven workshops
  • Two community-wide surveys responded to by over 2,000 people
  • Two walking tours
  • And more!

The process has used detailed information to help people weigh alternatives and engage in dialogue with one another around the various choices.

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1. What is a Specific Plan, anyway?
2. Why do we need a Specific Plan? Aren't things fine as they are?
3. How has the community been involved in the process?
4. How will development occur now that the Specific Plan has been approved?
5. How does the Plan support the Farmer's Market and other important community activities?
6. Why does the Plan include both El Camino Real and downtown?