Calendar

June 28, 2018

Community Meeting on Housing Work Plan: The city will hold a community Open House on implementation of the Housing Work Plan, including potential changes to density standards, parking requirements, review processes, and land use preferences in the city. 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Downtown Library). Click here for flyer.

June 25, 2018 (Final Council meeting before summer recess)

Downtown RPP Modifications: City Council may consider amending the number of employee parking permits allotted and modifying or maintaining the prohibition on re-parking in the Downtown Residential Preferred Parking (RPP) program. Beginning at 7:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Stanford GUP: City Council will consider a formal comment letter to address new scenarios on a revised Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) (public comment period closes on July 27) for the Stanford Expansion. Beginning at 8:00 pm (City Hall). Staff report not yet available. Click here for more information on the updated DEIR, including upcoming public hearings.

Fire Services: City Council will consider the Terms of Agreement for Fire Protection Services to Stanford University for the Period January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2023 and settlement of prior claim for overpayment. Beginning at 9:00 pm (City Hall). Staff report will be available on June 21.

June 21, 2018

Downtown Parking Structure: The Architectural Review Board will consider the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) (public comment period ends on July 2, 2018) for the proposed Downtown Parking Garage at 375 Hamilton Avenue and conduct an initial public hearing on the proposed project.  The hearing will be continued on July 5, 2018 for an ARB recommendation on the project. Beginning at 8:30 am (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

City School Liaison Committee: Among other things, the Committee will hear an update from PAUSD on funding for teacher housing, an upcoming school bond measure, the proposed 2018-2019 PAUSD budget, and Cubberley Community Center. 8:00 am – 9:30 am (Community Meeting Room, City Hall).  Click here for agenda.

June 19, 2018

Grade Separations: City Council will vote on a new Community Engagement Plan that includes formation of a Community Advisory Panel (up to 12 people, appointed by City Manager). Council will also consider narrowing grade separation options for Churchill Road (and possibly Palo Alto Avenue), including removal of language about widening Embarcadero Rd. Beginning at 6:00 pm (City Hall).

June 18, 2018

Budget Adoption: City Council will vote to adopt the city’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget. Beginning at 6:55 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

June 13, 2018

Grade Separations: The Council Rail Committee will discuss community engagement and next steps for further narrowing grade separation options, recommend Council approval of the VTA Measure B Grade Separation Funding Plan, and consider recommending a formal city position on the Caltrain Business Plan. Beginning at 8:00 am (Community Meeting Room, City Hall).

Benchmark report on traffic projects: The Planning and Transportation Commission will hold a study session on current traffic safety projects, activities and initiatives undertaken in 2017. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall)Click here for report.

Olive Garden Redevelopment: The PTC will hold a hearing on a Vesting Tentative Map for redevelopment of the former Olive Garden Restaurant site into a previously approved, mixed-use project with first floor commercial space and 13 residential condos. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

June 12, 2018

Bike Boulevards: City Council will hold a study session on Phase 1 of the transportation safety and bike boulevard project (along Amarillo Avenue, Bryant Street, East Meadow Drive, Montrose Avenue, Moreno Avenue, Louis Road, Palo Alto Avenue, and Ross Road). Beginning at 6:00 pm (El Palo Alto Room, Mitchell Park Community Center). Click here for staff report.

Anti-Idling Ordinance: City Council will vote on an ordinance requiring drivers to shut off their engines after two or three minutes of stationary idling if not in an active traffic path. Beginning at 8:15 pm (City Hall) Postponed until after summer break.. Click here for staff report.

June 11, 2018

Public Safety Building: City Council to approve Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), modified development standards and architectural review applications for the new Public Safety Building and Parking Lot. Beginning at 8:45 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Utilities Rate Increases: City Council will vote on the following rate increases for Fiscal Year 2019: a 6 percent increase for electric; 4 percent increase for gas; 3 percent increase for water; 11 percent increase for wastewater collection; 2.9 percent increase for both storm drain and dark fiber rates. Beginning at 7:45 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Ballot Measures – Comp Plan and Health Care Costs: City Council will take action on two voter initiatives, one pertaining to the Comprehensive Plan office/R&D cap and the other to Health Care Costs. If sufficient signatures are certified, the Council must either adopt the ordinance as proposed in the initiative (without alteration) or submit the initiative, without alteration, to the voters. If the Council votes to put the initiative on the ballot, it may also write an alternative or competing measure for the November ballot. Beginning at 9:45 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report on Office Cap Initiative. Click here for staff report on Health Care Costs Initiative.

Downtown Business Improvement District: City Council will adopt a resolution levying assessments for Fiscal Year 2019 on businesses in the Downtown Business Improvement District. Beginning at 7:35 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

June 4, 2018

Workforce Housing Overlay: City Council will vote to adopt a Workforce Housing (WH) overlay ordinance to allow high density housing development on properties zoned for public facilities within 1/2 mile of train stations. Projects would be eligible for reduced development standards (parking, density, FAR, etc) and would be required to include units dedicated to individuals earning up to 150% of area median income. Council will also approve site and design for the first application under the overlay: a 57 unit property on the former VTA parking lot at 2755 El Camino Real. Beginning at 7:45 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Ballot Poll Results: City Council will review additional polling results regarding potential tax measures for Palo Alto’s November ballot. Beginning at 6:35 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

May 30, 2018

Changes to Parking Standards: The Planning and Transportation Commission will hold a study session on potential zoning code revisions to reduce parking requirements as part of a 2018 Housing Ordinance. Beginning at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

May 29, 2018

Grade Separations: City Council to approve Council Rail Committee recommendations regarding grade separation alternatives to be evaluated and VTA Measure B Grade Separation Funding Plan. Beginning at 9:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Avenidas Redevelopment and Junior Museum & Zoo Funding: City Council to designate the Avenidas building (450 Bryant Street) as a “sender site” for the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program, issue RFP’s for the sale of TDR’s from the Avenidas and College Terrace Library buildings, and commit an additional $1 million to phase I of the Junior Museum project. Beginning at 7:35 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

May 23, 2018

Budget: Council Finance Committee Budget hearing. Beginning at 9:00 am (Community Meeting Room, City Hall).

May 22, 2018

Grade Separations: The Council Rail Committee is expected to recommend Council approval of 4 to 8 grade separation alternatives to be evaluated and a VTA Measure B Grade Separation Funding Plan. The Committee will also discuss potential recommendations for a formal City position on the Caltrain Business Plan. Tentative, TBD. Cancelled.

May 21, 2018

Annual Office Limit: Council will vote on the consent calendar (up or down vote without discussion) for final adoption of an ordinance to revise the Interim Annual Limit on office/R&D development in Downtown, around California Avenue, and in the El Camino Real Corridor. Beginning at 5:40 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Wireless Cell Antennas: City Council will hold a consolidated hearing on seven appeals of approved Verizon Wireless plans to install cell antennas on neighborhood power poles. Beginning at 5:45 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Charleston-Arastradero Corridor Project: City Council will vote to approve multi-million dollar contracts for Phases 1 and 2 of the project. Beginning at 8:00 pm (City Hall).Click here for staff report .

Downtown RPP Amendments: City Council will consider amendments to the Downtown Residential Preferred Parking Program. Tentative, TBD. Postponed to a date uncertain.

May 17, 2018

Cubberley Master Plan: The City-School Liaison Committee will discuss Safe Routes to School and get an update on the Cubberley Master Plan. Beginning at 8:30 am (Community Meeting Room, City Hall). Tentative, details TBD.

May 16, 2018

Budget Hearings: The Finance Committee will hold a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018/2019 City Budget. 9:00 am – 3:15 pm (Community Meeting Room, City Hall). Click here for agenda.

May 15, 2018

Budget Hearings: The Finance Committee will hold an all day hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018/2019 City Budget. 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (Community Meeting Room, City Hall). Click here for agenda.

May 14, 2018

Crescent Park No Overnight Parking Program: City Council will approve an ordinance to add additional eligible streets to the program and procedures for opt-out and dissolution. Consent calendar vote beginning at 6:45 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

First Baptist Church Application to Operate as a Community Center: The City Council will consider a PTC recommendation to approve the application of First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Avenue, for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to operate as a community center. Beginning at 6:50 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report Click here for staff report from 4/11 PTC meeting.

Grade Separations: City Council will consider Rail Committee recommendations regarding the short list of specific grade separation ideas. Beginning at 8:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

May 7, 2018

Affordable Housing Overlay Ordinance: City Council consent calendar vote on second reading of new Affordable Housing Combining District/Overlay Ordinance. If approved, the ordinance will take effect in 31 days. Click here for staff report.

Airplane Noise: City Council will consider recommendations from Council Policy and Services Committee and possibly discuss potential legal strategies for challenging the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). Beginning at 7:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report. Continued from April 9, 2018.

Transportation Impact Fees: City Council will consider Finance Committee recommendations for a new ordinance that would impose a one time fee for new development and redevelopment city-wide to fund transportation improvements to accommodate and mitigate the impacts of future development in the city. Beginning at 8:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

April 30, 2018

North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan (NVCAP): City Council will select the Working Group for the NVCAP planning process. Beginning at 6:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report. and list of applicants.

Annual Office Limit: City Council will consider a permanent ordinance limiting new office/R&D development in Downtown, California Avenue and the El Camino Real corridor to an annual total of 50,000 square feet. The proposed ordinance would modify the existing interim annual limit by allowing rollover of unallocated square footage to the subsequent year and eliminating quality rankings for proposed new projects, instead granting approvals on a first-come basis. Beginning at 7:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Infrastructure Tax Measure: City Council will discuss polling results regarding various tax strategies being considered for a potential ballot measure to fill a $50 million plus gap in infrastructure funding. Beginning at 8:30 pm (City Hall). Staff report will be available April 26. Click here for polling results presented to the Finance Committee on April 17.

April 25, 2018

Redevelopment at Footlocker site: The Planning and Transportation Commission will consider an application to subdivide the property at 3225 El Camino Real (formerly occupied by the Footlocker store) to create a mixed-use “commercial” parcel and a “residential” parcel comprised of four new condominiums. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

ADU Ordinance Modifications: The Planning and Transportation Commission will consider recommended changes to last year’s ordinance expanding opportunities for construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in residential neighborhoods. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Housing Work Plan: The Planning and Transportation Commission will discuss key zoning issues for PTC deliberation regarding a new housing ordinance under Council’s housing workplace. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

April 18, 2018

Railway Grade Separation: The Council Rail Committee will continue screening grade separation ideas and receive a verbal update on interagency activities. Beginning at 8:00 am (Community Meeting Room, City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Mayor’s State of the City Address: 6:00 pm (Oshmann Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto). View invitation here.

April 17, 2018

Tax measure polling and water rate increase: Council Finance Committee will consider a resolution raising water rates by 4 percent and review initial polling results regarding possible ballot measure for infrastructure funding. 6:00 pm (Community Meeting Room, City Hall).

April 16, 2018

Golf Course Contracts and Golf Fees Update: City Council will consider 39-month management and restaurant contracts totaling up to $9,008,000; a revised fee schedule for golf course use and equipment rentals including the introduction of dynamic pricing (higher fees during high use periods) and a $1,334,642 adjustment to the FY2018 General Fund budget and other golf course related issues. Beginning at 7:15 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report. Additional staff attachments are here.

Annual Office Limit Ordinance: City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to extend and modify the interim 50,000 square foot annual limit on new office/R&D. Beginning at 9:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

April 12, 2018

Police body cameras: The Human Relations Commission will discuss concerns about privacy, transparency and public access to body camera recordings under the police department’s draft Field-Based Video policyBeginning at 7:00 pm (City Hall).

April 11, 2018

Downtown Capacity Study: The Planning and Transportation Commission will hear a report on the 2017 Downtown Cap Study that analyzes potential infill development capacity Downtown and identifies obstacles to redevelopment, including both physical and economic limitations. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

First Baptist Church Application to Operate as a Community Center: The Planning and Transportation Commission will consider an application from First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Avenue, for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to operate as a community center. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

April 10, 2018

Police Body-cameras: The Council Policy and Services Committee will discuss the Body-worn Cameras Policy. Tentative, TBD. Meeting cancelled.

April 9, 2018

Zoning for Affordable Housing: City Council will consider a proposed Affordable Housing (AH) Combining District and related recommendations from the PTC. Beginning at 7:15 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Airplane Noise: City Council will consider recommendations from Council Policy and Services Committee and possibly discuss potential legal strategies for challenging the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). Beginning at 9:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report. Continued to May 7, 2018.

April 3, 2018

Water and Wastewater Rate Hikes: The Council Finance Committee will consider Utilities Commission recommendations to adopt resolutions increasing water rates by 4 percent and increasing wastewater rates by 11 percentBeginning at 6:00 pm (Community Meeting Room, City Hall).

April 2, 2018

Eichler Design Guidelines: Council will consider a resolution regarding Eichler Neighborhood Design Guidelines. Beginning at 7:35 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Anti-idling Ordinance: City Council will consider an ordinance to regulate the unnecessary idling of vehicles. Beginning at 9:00 pm (City Hall). Note: Staff report will be available here on March 28, 2018.

Cool Blocks Contract: City Council will consider approval of a Contract With the Empowerment Institute for $100,000 for Community Engagement Block Program (Continued from March 5, 2018). Note: Staff has requested that this item be postponed to a date uncertain. 

March 29, 2018

Charleston-Arastradero Corridor Project: Public Works staff will hold an open house to discuss the project and construction schedule. 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (Multi-purpose room, Hoover Elementary School).

March 28, 2018

Revisions to ADU Ordinance: The Planning and Transportation Commission will consider recommended updates to the city’s ordinance on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Beginning at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

March 27, 2018

Charleston-Arastradero Corridor Project: Public Works staff will hold an open house to discuss the project and construction schedule. 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (Staff lounge, Gunn High School).

March 26, 2018

Study Session on Stanford TDM and Sales Tax Report: City Council will get a status report on the Stanford Research Park Transportation Demand Management Program (TDM) and review the City Auditor’s report on third quarter sales tax highlightsBeginning at 5:00 pm (City Hall).

$1.8 to $4.5 million Council Chambers Audio/Visual Upgrade: City Council will consider three design options for Audio-Visual (AV)/ADA/Voting systems upgrades and potential broadcast capabilities for council chambers. Estimated costs range from $1.8 million to $4.5 million. Beginning at 7:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

March 21, 2018

Grade Separations: The Council Rail Committee will receive a report on the recent Community Roundtable on the Trench and Tunnel White Paper and a report on the initial screening of a Master List of grade separation alternatives under consideration. 8:00 am to 11:00 am (Community Meeting Room, City Hall).