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Menlo Park commission OKs Facebook plan

Commissioners add three mitigations

The impact reports for the proposed Facebook campus expansion, along with the associated developer agreement, got the thumbs up Monday night, May 7, from the Menlo Park Planning Commission.

The commission voted 6-0 to forward the environmental impact report and associated documents to the council for approval. Commissioner Peipei Yu was absent.

The reports examine the potential community effects of Facebook's plan to hire up to 6,600 employees at its 1 Hacker Way "East" campus and make improvements to all its properties, including those on the Constitution Drive "West" campus.

One of the main concerns has been traffic generated by the influx of employees. The company has agreed to maintain a vehicle trip cap of 15,000 per day, with no more than 2,600 during each commute period. The periods are from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The commissioners' vote included adding three mitigations to the environmental impact report that were inadvertently overlooked. The Almanac will provide further detail later.

The City Council is scheduled to review and vote whether to approve the final reports on Tuesday, May 29, at 7 p.m.

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