Two large office projects are about to be approved. They would build 8 foot-ball fields of offices, leading to miles of additional of cars in the heart of our town. Yes on M protects our neighborhoods from increased rush-hour and cut through traffic by enforcing a maximum cap for office.
City Council’s 2012 Specific Plan doubled the allowed amount of office space along El Camino Real. Offices generate the greatest peak hour traffic. We already experience neighborhood cut-through traffic because 92% of all workers at downtown offices commute from outside Menlo Park and get here via 101 or 280 or El Camino. When El Camino, Santa Cruz, Willow, Marsh, Middlefield, Sand Hill, Encinal, Middle, University get congested during rush hour, commuters cut through our neighborhoods. The City forecast that at least 15 major intersections throughout Menlo Park would get worse.
Now, additional loopholes in the Specific Plan allow two pending developments to build 66% more office space than projected for the next 30 years from downtown development. Result? Even worse traffic throughout town, - at those same 15 intersections, and more!
Yes on M enforces the maximum build-out cap for office buildings, as identified by the city's own Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This reduces the potential office build-out - all office uses, including medical office - of the proposed Stanford and Greenheart projects by nearly 50%, thereby reducing the impacts of their rush hour traffic.
Without that enforcement, there is virtually no limit to how much huge office could be built - and how much commuter office traffic will come - in the heart of our town.