Housing Element Update
Housing Element Update
Between now and December 2022, the City of Menlo Park will be focused on updating its Housing Element and Safety Element, along with the preparation of an Environmental Justice Element.
Help us shape the future of Menlo Park!
Every eight years, California cities are required to update their Housing Element to plan for much needed new housing.
Based on State requirements for housing in the Bay Area, Menlo Park is required to plan for over 3,000 new housing units in Menlo Park between 2023 and 2031. We will also be updating the Safety Element and creating a new Environmental Justice Element.
We need your help to identify community values and priorities for this major planning effort.
This survey is the first step in an extensive community engagement process. Your participation will be used to:
- Gain a better understanding of community values and priorities.
- Create a foundation for future conversations about possible solutions and policy changes, which will be discussed further at community meetings in the coming months.
- Enter you into a drawing to win one of twelve $25 gift cards to local businesses.
You can find additional information and subscribe to the Housing Element project email updates on the city website at menlopark.org/HousingElement.
Please complete the survey by September 6, 2021.
Tell us about your housing values and priorities (6 questions)
Your answers to these questions will help the City plan for new housing.
For Question 3 please refer to the illustrations below.
Accessory Dwelling Units:
Single detached houses:
Duplexes and triplexes:
Small apartment buildings:
Housing over shops and restuarants:
Multifamily housing (3-5 stories):
Multifamily housing (6+ stories):
Tell us about your environmental justice priorities (2 questions)
Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to protection from environmental and health hazards and seeks to improve the health and lives of people in neighborhoods most impacted. The purpose of these questions is to understand environmental health concerns and to develop policies for Menlo Park in a more equitable manner.
Tell us about your safety element priorities (2 questions)
The purpose of these questions is to get feedback for the Safety Element update related to environmental hazards resulting from climate change in Menlo Park.
Let's learn about you! (8 questions)
These questions will be used to understand the demographics of people who are responding to the survey. You may skip any questions that you are not comfortable answering, except question 11.
Thank you for taking this first major step with us toward updating the Housing and Safety Elements and creating a new Environmental Justice Element.
Please participate in the upcoming community engagement events to be held throughout this process.
Information from this survey and other events will support the development of Housing, Safety and Environmental Justice goals, policies and programs. Once drafted, the information will be incorporated into the City of Menlo Park General Plan.
The last step in the process will include public presentations to the Planning Commission and City Council for adoption, expected in November/December 2022.
Many thanks for your time! Your input is vital to the process. Please visit menlopark.org/HousingElement for more information and to sign up for project updates, including the results of this survey.