East Palo Alto is planning to sue Menlo Park over its General Plan update, a law firm announced Wednesday.
In a letter submitted to the city, Ellison Folk, an attorney with Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP, said East Palo Alto will file a lawsuit challenging the plan “for failure to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act.”
The plan update increases zoning in the bayfront area and Belle Haven neighborhood to allow for up to 4,500 new housing units, 2.3 million square feet of additional nonresidential uses and 400 hotel rooms. The plan, which was adopted Dec. 6, is set to go into effect 30 days later.
The law firm, which also represents Voters for Responsible and Equitable Growth, a local grassroots group, has accused Menlo Park of underestimating potential job growth in the project area that could inflate the workforce by “as much as a factor of four,” and said the plan is too limited in scope to possibly analyze all the environmental impacts.
It improperly restricts “its analysis only to construction foreseeable in a 24-year period,” the law firm wrote in an earlier letter to the city. “The EIR avoids disclosing the full impacts of the project beyond 2040, or if development occurs faster than projected — which is entirely probable in the currently booming Bay Area economy.”
City Attorney Bill McClure issued a response to the law firm to acknowledge that the city had received its letter.
“We look forward to engaging in conversations with you and EPA to determine what EPA’s…
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