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Apr 12

Final environmental impact report for 111 Independence Drive Project to be released

Posted on April 12, 2021 at 10:03 pm by Clay Curtin

The proposed 111 Independence Drive project in the Bayfront Area will reach a project milestone Friday, April 16, 2021, with the release of its final environmental impact report. The Final EIR includes a response to all substantive comments received on the draft EIR and any edits to the text of the draft EIR. The Final EIR will be published in the city's development projects environmental documents webpage. A hard copy is also available for a curbside pickup at the Menlo Park Library beginning Friday April 16, 2021.

The Final EIR for the proposed project does not identify any significant and unavoidable environmental impacts that would result from the implementation of the proposed project. The Final EIR identifies potentially significant environmental impacts that can be mitigated to a less than significant level (LTS/M) in the following categories: Air Quality and Noise. The Final EIR identifies less than significant (LTS) environmental impacts in the following categories: Population and Housing, Transportation and Greenhouse Gas Emissions. An initial study was previously prepared to disclose the relevant impacts and mitigation measures addressed in the certified program-level ConnectMenlo Final EIR.

Members of the public are encouraged to review the Final EIR and participate in the upcoming April 26, 2021, Planning Commission meeting, to provide comments on the Final EIR and the proposed project for consideration by the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission is scheduled to review and determine whether to certify the project-level Final EIR. At that meeting, the Planning Commission will also review and act on the requested land use entitlements for the proposed project, including: 
  • The use permit
  • Architectural control
  • Below mark rate (BMR) housing agreement
  • The applicant’s community amenity proposal in exchange for bonus level development potential (height, floor area ratio and density)
If you would like to submit written comments on the Final EIR, you are encouraged to do so prior to 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 26, 2021. Written comments must be submitted by email to Contract Principal Planner Payal Bhagat or by letter to Payal Bhagat, Community Development, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, email correspondence is preferred.

The proposal includes a request for a use permit to modify certain R-MU design standards and a request for an increase in height, density, and FAR under the bonus level development allowance in exchange for community amenities. The following supporting documents are also available on the project page:
  • Community amenities appraisal
  • Community amenities proposal
  • Evaluation of the community amenities proposal
  • Fiscal impact analysis of the proposed project