Tonight, the Menlo Park Planning Commission kicks off the city's review of its new downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.
The review will evaluate whether the specific plan is working as intended and whether potential modifications may be warranted, according to the staff report for the Sept. 9 meeting.
Any recommendations by the Planning Commission will then go to the City Council for review and possible approval.
The specific plan, approved about one year ago, generated controversy for allowing Stanford University and developer John Arrillaga to propose building an eight-acre mixed-use complex along El Camino Real. The latest design for that complex would replace mostly vacant car lots along the city's main corridor with 199,500 square feet of office space, 10,000 square feet of retail and up to 170 apartments.
There would be a public plaza at Middle Avenue with two car lanes, along with a pedestrian and bicycle path at Middle Avenue and El Camino Real to a future railroad track undercrossing.
Since Stanford has not yet received permits for the project, any changes to the specific plan may impact what the university can build on its property, according to City Attorney Bill McClure.
Click here to watch the meeting live online. It starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.