The Menlo Park Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Monday night, April 22, on proposed changes to the housing element of the general plan. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 701 Laurel St.
The commission will consider making recommendations to the City Council on several components, including:
■ Changing the land-use designation of four sites (1200 and 1300 blocks of Willow Road, 700-800 blocks of Hamilton Avenue, and 3600 block of Haven Avenue) for higher density housing.
■ Creating a new zoning district and design standards for higher density housing on key sites that could result in up to a net increase of 894 dwelling units.
■ Creating an affordable housing overlay zone for key sites and the El Camino Real/downtown specific plan area to establish density bonuses and other incentives for affordable housing.
■ Adopting incentives such as increases to density in exchange for structured parking.
■ Modifying the R-3 zoning district to provide greater opportunities for infill housing in designated areas around the El Camino Real/downtown specific plan area by increasing the maximum density to 30 dwelling units per acre on lots of 10,000 square feet or greater.
■ Modifying the secondary dwelling unit development standards for single-family residential lots of 6,000 square feet or greater to encourage the creation of more units.