September 12, 2022 - Planning Commission public hearing

On display until March 31, 2023, 07:00 PM

The Planning Commission will hold a public meeting on these items via Zoom, on Sept. 12, 2022, beginning at 7 p.m. or as near as possible thereafter, at which time and place interested persons may appear and be heard thereon. The Zoom link will be available with publication of the Planning Commission agenda, on the city website at, not less than 72 hours in advance of the meeting. If you challenge this item in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Menlo Park at, or before, the public hearing. Written correspondence is typically considered a public record and may be attached to staff reports, which are posted on the city website.

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Public Hearing items

Architectural Control, Use Permit, Variance/Larry Kahle/135 El Camino Real:

Request for architectural control review for exterior and interior modifications to an existing commercial building in the SP-ECR/D (El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan) zoning district. Modifications include a new front façade, a small second-story addition and roof deck, and modifications to the landscaping. The request also includes a use permit for a change of use from a restricted personal service to a mixed-use office and residential building with one residential unit on a property that is substandard with regard to parking. Additionally, the applicant is requesting a variance to reduce the required front setback by 3.5 feet.

Use Permit, Architectural Control, Below Market Rate Housing Agreement, Heritage Tree Removals and Environmental Review/Tarlton Properties, LLC/1350 Adams Court:

Request for a use permit, architectural control, below market rate housing agreement, heritage tree removal permits, and environmental review to develop a five-story research and development (R&D) building with up to 260,400 square feet of gross floor area (GFA), as part of the 1350 Adams Court Project in the LS-B (Life Sciences, Bonus) zoning district. The project site consists of an existing two-story approximately 188,100-square-foot life sciences building, addressed 1305 O’Brien Drive, and an undeveloped northern portion of the site. The proposed R&D building would be located on the vacant site area and the existing building would remain. Parking for the proposed new R&D building would be located in a partially-below-grade podium level with three additional levels of parking provided above grade and integrated into the building. The total gross floor area at the project site with the proposed and existing buildings would be approximately 448,500 square feet, with a total proposed floor area ratio (FAR) of approximately 92% for the site. The proposal includes a request for an increase in height and FAR under the bonus level development allowance in exchange for community amenities. The applicant is proposing payment of a community amenities in-lieu fee. The project also includes upgrades of water lines beneath Adams Court, along the interior of the project site, and beneath O’Brien Drive from the southwest corner of the project site frontage to the intersection with Willow Road. The project also includes a hazardous materials use permit request to allow a diesel generator to operate the facilities in the event of a power outage or emergency.