The City was approached by representatives from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (SLO) about whether the city had any prospects for a planning project for its students in the city and Regional Planning Graduate Program. Staff identified the Haven Area (see map) as a potential candidate given the proposed residential rezonings, and Cal Poly was up for the task. The City of Menlo Park, in coordination with Redwood City, has asked the Cal Poly team to develop a "vision plan" for the Haven Area. The students are calling this effort the West Haven Waterfront Vision Plan.
As part of a spring quarter class, approximately 17 students led by Professor Kelly Main are studying the Haven Area. Activities will include recording existing conditions, conducting community outreach, and preparing a Vision Plan for the area, inclusive of the properties which front along US 101 in Redwood City. In addition to looking generally at land use, the plan will focus on potential bicycle, pedestrian, and street scape improvements for the public right-of-way along Haven Avenue, plus connections to the Bedwell Bayfront Park trail head, the Menlo Gateway Project, and the Marsh Road / US 101 overpass. Staff believes this is an innovative approach to jump start the city's efforts to plan for the Haven Area while giving the students an interesting real world planning challenge.
We hope that you would have some time available to participate in some of the students
On Monday, June 10, the Cal Poly teams presented their visions plans for the West Haven Waterfront area to the Planning Commission. The meeting starts at:
City Council Chambers
701 Laurel St
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Based upon the input they have received from surveys, workshops, and community events, as well as their own field observations, each of the 3 Cal Poly teams has developed goals and concepts for the Haven Avenue area. A preview of each of the team's concepts is provided in the below attachments.