PUBLIC AGENDA: ground-floor retail law, formula retail, parking exemptions


A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 10.

CITY COUNCIL ... The council has no meetings scheduled this week.

PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission will discuss the interim ordinance to limit conversion of ground-floor retail to other uses; consider a proposal to extend the retail district beyond California Avenue and to establish regulations for formula retail; discuss an interim ordinance for capping office and research-and-development growth around downtown, California Avenue and the El Camino Real corridor; consider a proposal to demolish two existing structures and build four two-story office buildings at 1050 Page Mill Road; and discuss the elimination of certain parking exemptions in the city's municipal code. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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