Measure M freezes Menlo Park into the past
Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Aug 20, 2014
ECR SPECIFIC PLAN AREA VOTER-ADOPTED DEVELOPMENT DEFINITIONS AND STANDARDS.
1 - ECR SPECIFIC PLAN AREA DEFINED. When referring to the "ECR Specific Plan Area," this initiative measure is referring to the bounded area within the Vision Plan Area Map located at Page 2, Figure I, of the El Camino Real/Downtown Vision Plan, accepted by the Menlo Park city Council on July 15, 2008 !!!!
2 - Definition of "Private Open Space": An area connected or immediately adjacent to a dwelling unit. The space can be a balcony, porch, ground or above grade patio or roof deck used exclusively by the occupants of the dwelling unit and their guests. The foregoing definition is hereby adopted by the voters.
3 - Residential developments or Mixed Use developments open space definition is hereby adopted by the voters.
4 - Open space definition is hereby amended, restated and adopted by the voters
5 - The Commercial Use Classification of "Offices, Business and Professional" is hereby adopted by the voters.
6 - The Commercial Use Classification of "Offices, Medical and Dental": "Offices for a physician, dentist, or chiropractor, including medical/dental laboratories incidental to the medical office use. This classification excludes medical marijuana dispensing facilities, as defined in the California Health and Safety Code." is hereby adopted by the voters
7- The Commercial Use Classification of "Financial institutions providing retail banking services. This classification includes only those institutions engaged in the on-site circulation of money, including credit unions." is hereby adopted by the voters
And NOT A SINGLE WORD of these definitions or the boundaries of the Specific Plan area can be changed except by an expensive city wide election:
Except for as provided at Section 3.4.4 above regarding the City's ability to approve without voter ratification an amendment to the Specific Plan to accommodate development proposals that would call for an increase in the allowable number of residential units under the Specific Plan, the voter- adopted development standards and definitions set forth in Section 3, above, may be repealed or amended only by a majority vote of the electorate of the City of Menlo Park voting "YES" on a ballot measure proposing such repeal or amendment at a regular or special election. The entire text of the proposed definition or standard to be repealed, or the amendment proposed to any such definition or standard, shall be included in the sample ballot materials mailed to registered voters prior to any such election.
AND Measure M takes PRIORITY over any other law, ordinance or action of the City Council:
After this measure becomes effective, its provision shall prevail over and supersede all provisions of the municipal code, ordinances, resolutions, and administrative policies of the City of Menlo Park which are inferior to the Planning Policy Documents and in conflict with any provisions of this measure.
Only Rip Van Winkle would thing that this was a sensible way to make good decisions.