Calendar

Updated September 21, 2019

October 7, 2019 – (Tentative)

Council is tentatively scheduled to hold a study session on the Transportation Management Association for Stanford Research Park, approve the 2019 workplace to address council’s “Transportation and Traffic” priority, and approve recommended city positions for the 2019 League of California Cities resolutions.

September 24, 2019

Opening Foothills Park: The Parks and Recreation Commission will discuss a pilot program for extending Foothills Park access to non-residents. Meeting begins at 7:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for Ad Hoc Committee report.

September 23, 2019

Recycled Water: City Council will hold a study session on recycled water expansion and regional treated wastewater opportunities. Beginning at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Caltrain Business Plan: Council will direct staff regarding comments on Caltrain’s Draft Long Range Service Vision. (Continued from September 16). Beginning at 8:05 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Affordable Housing: City Council will consider a Colleagues’ Memo by Councilmembers DuBois and Kou urging council to prioritize certain affordable housing strategies, including the Palmer Fix. Beginning at 9:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for the Colleagues’ Memo.

Septemer 16, 2019

Underground Utilities: Council will consider a resolution creating an option for neighborhoods with underground electric facilities to self-fund new underground construction to avoid conversion of subsurface equipment vaults to pad-mounted (above ground) installations. Beginning at 7:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

2020 Tax Ballot Measures: Council will discuss Finance Committee recommended parameters for tax structure and further research. Beginning at 8:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Caltrain Business Plan: Council will direct staff regarding comments on Caltrain’s Draft Long Range Service Vision. Beginning at 9:15 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

September 11, 2019

788-796 San Antonio Road: The Planning and Transportation Commission will hold a public scoping meeting for an Environmental Impact Report evaluating a project that would extend the city’s Housing Incentive Program to CS (Commercial Service) zoned properties along San Antonio Road between Middlefield and Charleston Roads. The property owner hopes to use the HIP development incentives to add about 40 additional housing units to a mixed use project proposed for the site. The 102 unit project, if enabled by HIP, is proposed to be comprised of for-sale units, with 16 of them restricted to below-market rate. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

September 10, 2019

Safe Overnight Parking Program: Council’s Policy and Services Committee will provide direction to staff regarding parameters, general locations and regulatory process for a future safe parking program for vehicle dwellers. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (Community Meeting Room, City Hall). Click here for staff report.   

September 9, 2019

New Rail Committee: City Council will continue consideration of a new Rail Blue Ribbon Committee to recommend a preferred grade separation alternative and funding strategy to council. Beginning at 6:45 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

August 28, 2019

New RPP in Old Palo Alto: The Planning and Transportation Commission will make a recommendation to City Council about a creating a pilot Residential Permit Parking program in Old Palo Alto near the bike/ped underpass to California Avenue. Like the college Terrace RPP, the proposed program would restrict parking to two hours on certain blocks of Washington Avenue, N. California Avenue, Nevada Avenue, Ramona Street, Emerson Street and High Street unless displaying a residential parking permit. Beginning at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

August 20, 2019

Business Tax: The City Council’s Finance Committee will discuss and evaluate potential revenue generating measures for possible inclusion on the 2020 ballot.  Although calls for a business tax have ramped up over the past couple of years, the committee will also discuss general obligation bond and parcel tax alternatives. Meeting begins at 5:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

August 19, 2019

North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan: City Council will vote on an updated approach and schedule to complete the Plan, advise on revised consultant contracts and explore funding opportunities from significant property interests within the Plan boundary. Beginning at 6:50 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Civil Grand Jury: VTA Governance:  City Council will approve the city’s response to the 2018-2019 Civil Grand Jury of Santa Clara County Report entitled “Inquiry into Governance of the Valley Transportation Authority.”  Beginning at 7:50 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

New Rail Committee: City Council will consider establishing a Rail Blue Ribbon Committee to advise the council on selection, funding, and support for grade separation projects. Beginning at 9:15 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

August 15, 2019

788 San Antonio Road: The Architectural Review Board is tentatively scheduled to consider a major architectural review to allow demolition of existing one-story commercial space and allow construction of a four-story mixed use building. The new building is slated to have 102 residential units and 1780 square feet of commercial space. Beginning at 8:30 am (City Hall). Click here for the staff report.

Cubberley: The City/School Liaison Committee is scheduled to discuss next steps for the Cubberley Master Plan. Meeting begins at 8:30 am (Community Meeting Room, City Hall). No staff report is available.

August 14, 2019

Castilleja DEIR: The Planning and Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Castilleja’s application to build an underground garage and renovate/expand facilities to accommodate increased enrollment. Beginning at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Staff report is not yet available, but the DEIR is posted here.

August 12, 2019

Wireless Equipment Standards: Council will vote on the consent calendar (up or down, no discussion) to amend the recently adopted standards for Wireless Communications Facilities (WCFs) regarding WCF height due to a conflict with the city’s replacement streetlight standards. The resolution also proposes clarifying revisions to the corresponding standard for WCFs on wood utility poles. Beginning at 5:25 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

August 5, 2019

City Council will return from summer recess to pass a consent calendar that includes second readings to allow an Mercedes/Audi dealership at the former Ming’s restaurant site and enact new waste disposal rules about plastic and biodegradable refuse bags, cardboard boxes, and timely removal of waste containers from the public way.

The consent calendar also includes accepting an audit of the business registry; approval of a final map to allow subdivision of 3877 El Camino Real (at Curtner Avenue) into 18 condominium units (one commercial space, six residential flats and 11 townhouses); appointment of Geo Blackshire as Fire Chief; and selection of applicants to interview for an unfinished term on the Architectural Review Board (ARB).

June 24, 2019

Downtown Business Improvement District: City Council will vote on confirming the Annual Report and fiscal year 2020 assessments to be levied in the Downtown Palo Alto Business Improvement District. Beginning at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Refuse Collection: Pursuant to Palo Alto’s Zero Waste Plan, City Council will vote on new rules related to the storage, sorting, collection and removal of refuse to make waste sorting more effective and facilitate monitoring. Some proposed changes include requiring commercial facilities to use clear bags for garbage, blue-tinted clear bags for recycling, and green-tinted clear, compostable bags for compost. All users (including residential) will be required to break down cardboard boxes, and containers may only stay in the public right-of-way for 24 hours before or after being serviced. Beginning at 6:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Utilities Connection and Service Fee Increases: City Council will adopt a resolution amending Utilities Rate Schedules for service connections and service call charges related to electric, water, gas, sewer, and miscellaneous utilities, effective September 1, 2019. Beginning at 7:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Mercedes/Audi Dealership on Embarcadero Road: City Council will vote to change the underlying zoning district and authorize demolition of the former Ming’s Restaurant and current Audi Dealership at 1700 and 1730 Embarcadero Road to allow construction of a new two-story 84,900 square foot combined Mercedes/Audi auto dealership. Beginning at 7:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Fiber to the Node: City Council will vote on re-issuance of a Request for Proposals to begin a multi-phase Fiber Network Expansion and eliminate the Fiber and Wireless Citizen Advisory committee, assigning the Utilities Advisory Commission as the sole public input forum for Fiber and Wireless Expansion initiatives. Beginning at 9:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

June 17, 2019

2020 City Budget: City Council will vote on adoption of Palo Alto’s Fiscal Year 2020 Operating and Capital Budgets and Municipal Fee Schedule. Beginning at 7:40 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Utilities Rates Increases: City Council will consider proposed increases for electric, gas, wastewater, water, storm drain, and dark fiber rates. Beginning at 9:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Wireless Equipment Standards: City Council will vote on amendments to recently adopted Objective Standards for wireless facilities in the public right of way, including adoption of an interim setback from schools. Beginning at 9:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

June 10, 2019

Airplane Noise: City Council will hold a closed session to discuss potential litigation regarding management of airplane noise, including the Star PIRAT Two Procedure. Closed Session 5:00 pm (City Hall).

Plastic Waste and Construction Salvage: City Council will vote on three amendments to the city’s Health and Safety Code, including:

  1. Restrictions on use of plastic straws and utensils and printed receipts at retail food service establishments;
  2. Regulate use of plastic produce bags at retail service establishments; and
  3. Rules to maximize salvage and reuse of building materials and increase recycling and diversion from landfills for construction and demolition related materials.

Beginning at 6:35 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

RV Parking: City Council will consider a Colleagues’ Memo recommending a multi-pronged program for managing overnight parking for vehicle dwellers. Beginning at 8:15 pm. Click here for staff report.

June 3, 2019

Safe Routes to School: City Council will hold a study session to discuss the annual update for the Safe Routes to School program. Beginning at 6:00 pm (City Hall).  Click here for staff report.

Cubberley Master Plan: Council will provide direction on next steps for  developing a Master Plan for the redevelopment of Cubberley, including scope of work for a Business Plan and the amount of housing to be included in a CEQA environmental review. Beginning at 7:35 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

May 30, 2019

Stanford Expansion GUP: The Santa Clara County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to discuss and receive public comments on progress toward approval of Stanford’s General Use Permit Application for a 2.3 million square foot academic expansion. Beginning on May 23, the county’s Conditions of Approval will be available on the County Planning Commission website as part of their 5/30/2019 meeting packet. Beginning at 6:00 pm (Palo Alto City Hall).

May 28, 2019

Finance Committee Budget Hearing, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

May 23, 2019

Finance Committee Budget Hearing, 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

May 20, 2019

City Council is tentatively scheduled to:

  • Adopt a resolution of intent and an ordinance to amend the city’s contract with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).
  • Discuss airplane noise and community impacts.
  • Adopt an ordinance amending the Health and Sanitation code to include disposable foodware packaging. requirements, requirements to maximize salvage and reuse of building materials, and requirements to increase recycling and diversion from landfills.
  • Amend the 2019 Municipal Fee Schedule to adjust the parking in-lieu fee for the Downtown Assessment District.
  • Offer staff direction regarding March 11 council motion on the North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan.

May 16, 2019

The City/School Liaison Committee will get an update on the Safe Routes to School program, discuss next steps for the Cubberley Master Plan, and continue its discussion of the committee’s format8:30 am to 10:00 am (Community Meeting Room, City Hall). Click here for agenda.

May 15, 2019

The Council Finance Committee will begin a series of all day hearings on the Fiscal Year Proposed Budget. Beginning at 1:00 pm. Click here for agenda, including links (at top of page) for proposed capital and operating budgets.

May 13, 2019

Council will hold a study session regarding Caltrain’s 2040 Business Plan, clarify council direction on the North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan (NVCAP) [postponed], consider results of a Residential Preferential Parking Program (RPP) Study, and revise Grade Separation Alternatives for further study [added].

2040 Caltrain Business Plan: Council will hold a study session including a presentation and discussion with the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) staff regarding Caltrain’s ambitious 2040 Business Plan. Beginning at 5:15 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Residential Preferential Parking (RPP): Council will review the RPP Program Study Report and offer direction to staff on workplaces, outreach, stakeholder process, and prioritization of programs, including newly proposed programs for Old Palo Alto and Green Acres. Beginning at 6:45 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Grade Separations: Council will offer direction to staff regarding the future handling of a citywide tunnel as an alternative to study (eliminate, revise, or make no change) and will establish weighting of evaluation criteria to guide further discussion and decision-making regarding all grade separation alternatives. Beginning at 8:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Consent Calendar: Notable items slated for council adoption without discussion or debate include:

  • adoption of a resolution extending the City Manager’s authority to execute transactions up to $5,000,000 per year with pre-qualified suppliers under Master Renewable Energy Certificate of Purchase and Sale Agreements. Click here for staff report.
  • second reading of recently approved ordinance to allow extra height and floor area for adding rooftop decks to existing downtown commercial buildings. Click here for staff report.
  • second reading of recently approved ordinance to update the zoning code regarding wireless cell equipment to reflect recently adopted Federal Communications Commission regulations. Click here for staff report.

May 9, 2019

Cubberley Master Plan “Co-Design”: Consultants for the city and school district will hold the fourth and final community engagement meeting on the redevelopment of Cubberley Community Center. In addition to reviewing updates to the draft plan, participants will weigh in on four new concepts for using the site for additional housingMeeting from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Cubberley Pavilion, 4120 Middlefield Road). Click here for more information on the Co-Design process and progress to date.

Stanford GUP: The Santa Clara County Planning Commission will hold a study session on Stanford’s General Use Permit application for a 2.3 million square foot academic expansion. Beginning at 1:30 pm (1st floor, 70 West Wedding Street, San Jose).

May 8, 2019

Parking Innovations: The Planning and Transportation Commission will hold a study session on parking innovations. Chair Riggs and Vice Chair Alcheck have invited Evan Goldin to make a presentation. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). No substantive staff report available.

Comprehensive Plan Compliance Review: The PTC will perform its required annual review of the city’s Proposed Capital Improvement Plan (2020-2024) for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

May 7, 2019

2019 Work Plan for Traffic and Transportation: Council Policy and Services Committee will vote to recommend council approval of the 2019 Workplan to address the council priority “Traffic and Transportation.” Beginning at 6:00 pm (Community Meeting Room, City Hall). Click here for staff report.

May 6, 2019

2019 Housing and Other State Legislation: Joint study session of the City Councils of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park will hear an update from Palo Alto’s state lobbyist and discuss pending state legislation. Beginning at 5:30 pm (City Hall). No staff report is available.

Parks and Recreation: City Council will hold a study session with the Parks and Recreation Commission to discuss 2018 accomplishments and 2019 priorities.  Beginning at 7:30 pm (City Hall).

Community Development Block Grant Action Plan: City council will vote on adoption of the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Action Plan and associated funding allocations, and approve Community Development Block Grant funds for FY 2019-20. Beginning at 9:05 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

April 29, 2019

Commission Interviews: City Council will interview candidates for the Human Relations Commission, the Library Advisory Commission, the Storm Water Management Oversight Committee, and the Utilities Advisory Commission. Beginning at 5:00 pm (Community Meeting Room, City Hall). Click here for schedule of interviews.

April 22, 2019

Consent Calendar: Items of note on the Council Consent Calendar (up or down vote, no discussion) include adoption of a Memorandum of Agreement and salary schedule between the City and Service Employees International Union Local 521, and approval of a Workplan to Address the City Council “Fiscal Sustainability” Priority.

Fiscal Year 2019/2020 Budget: Council will hear a presentation on the City Manager’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2019/2020 Budget.  Beginning at 6:15 pm (City Hall). Staff report is unavailable.

Transportation Impact Fees: Council will consider an ordinance to modify and increase the Citywide Transportation Impact Fee, replacing existing area-specific transportation impact fees and amending the municipal fee schedule to reflect a one-time fee on new development and redevelopment throughout Palo Alto to fund transportation improvements and mitigate impacts of future development in the city. Beginning at 7:20 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Generating New Revenue: The City Council will vote on a workplan for potential revenue generating proposals, including consideration of a ballot measure, in support of the 2019 Fiscal Sustainability council priority. Beginning at 8:15 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Grade Separations: Council will vote on approval of the structure and membership of an expanded Community Working Group, the Rail Grade Separation Work Plan, Alternatives to be studied by the Community Working Group and amendments to the consulting contract supporting selection of preferred solutions. Beginning at 9:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

April 16, 2019

Utility Rate Increases: The Council Finance Committee is tentatively scheduled to consider a 4.5 percent increase in Storm Water Management Fees, a one percent increase in Water Rates, a 7 percent increase in Wastewater Rates, and approval of the FY2020 Wastewater Collection Financial Plan.

April 15, 2019

Earth Day Report: Council will hold a study session to review progress on the 2018-202 Sustainability Implementation Plan, accomplishments in Sustainability and Climate Action Plan Framework Areas, progress towards the 80 x 30 greenhouse gas reduction goal. Beginning at 5:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

190 Channing Avenue: Council will vote on authorization of a four-unit condo and two unit office project on a single parcel at 190 Channing Avenue. Beginning at 6:40 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Wireless Cell Facilities: Council will vote on adoption of an ordinance incorporating controversial FCC regulations regarding wireless cell facilities in the public right of way. Beginning at 7:45 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Colleagues Memo on State Housing Initiatives: Council will consider a proposal from Mayor Filseth and Councilmember DuBois recommending support for the Santa Clara County Cities Association’s Position Paper on Housing in Relation to State Legislative Initiatives. Beginning at 9:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

April 8, 2019

Council will consider whether to sell the former City Manager’s property at 335 Webster Street or pursue the right to purchase his 33.8 percent interest in the property. Beginning at 8:40 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

April 1, 2019

Valet Parking Contract: Council will vote on the consent calendar (up or down vote, no debate) to approve a $900,000 contract for long-awaited valet parking services in Palo Alto garages and surface lots. Beginning at 6:45 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Housing Ordinance: Council will vote on the consent calendar (up or down vote, no debate) to enact the recently approved housing ordinance amending the zoning code city-wide to incentivize new residential development. If passed, the zoning changes will take effect in 31 days. Beginning at 6:45 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Hotel Parmani: Council will vote on elimination of a 50-foot special setback on Hansen Way to accommodate a new Hotel at 3200 El Camino Real. Beginning at 6:50 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Grandfathered Downtown Projects: An apparent error in the zoning code was recently revealed due to scrutiny of the proposed conversion of the downtown President Hotel Apartments. Council will vote on revisions to the Grandfathered Uses and Facilities section of the zoning code to correct the apparent error and add an amendment designed to prevent conversion of residential uses unless a waiver is granted. Beginning at 8:15 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

March 27, 2019

Community Meeting on Grade Separations: The city will hold a community meeting to update the public on progress in evaluating citywide grade separation alternatives, including visuals and construction phasing, traffic analysis of potential closure of Churchill Avenue crossing and the status of financial options. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (El Palo Alto Room, Mitchell Park Community Center). 

New Residential Preferential Parking Programs: The Planning and Transportation Commission will make a recommendation regarding petitions for new RPP programs in Old Palo Alto, Green Acres, and Charleston Gardens. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Mercedes/Audi Dealership near Baylands: The Planning and Transportation Commission will make a recommendation regarding replacement of the former Ming’s Restaurant and current Audi Dealership at 1700 and 1730 Embarcadero Road with a new two-story 84,900 square foot combined Mercedes/Audi auto dealership. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Wireless Cell Equipment: The Planning and Transportation Commission will again consider updating the city’s zoning code to incorporate recently adopted FCC regulations facilitating speedier approval of applications to install wireless cell equipment in the public right of way. The regulations are currently being challenged in court by a number of jurisdictions. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm. Click here for staff report.

March 18, 2019

Grade Separations: Due to council’s reduced size, the four member Council Rail Committee has been replaced with a new Rail Committee of the Whole (including all non-recused council members). That Committee of the Whole will review updates to the Rail Grade Separation planning effort; consider recommendations regarding adopted criteria for decision-making; and vote on a contract amendment to extend the assistance of AECOM consultants.  Beginning at 8:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Sea Level Rise: City Council will review a proposed policy to plan for sea level rise. The purpose of the policy is to provide guidance in planning for rising tides that could impact Palo Alto’s neighborhoods, economy, and the Baylands habitat. It will serve as guidance in developing a more detailed Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan by December 2020. Beginning at 7:05 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Bikeshare and E-Scooters: Council will vote on the consent calendar (no discussion) to extend the Bikeshare and E-scooter pilot program for another year. Click here for staff report.

March 14, 2019

Stanford GUP: County Supervisor Joe Simitian will hold a Town Hall Meeting about the proposed conditions of approval and final Environmental Impact Report for Stanford’s General Use Permit application  to expand its campus with 2,275,000 square feet of new academic space. 6:30 to 8:00 pm (City Hall).

March 11, 2019

North Ventura Plan: City Council is scheduled to hold a Town Hall meeting and joint study session with the Working Group for the North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan to review progress and next steps. Also, staff will present survey data from the 2018 National Citizens Survey relevant to Ventura. Meet and greet beginning at 5:30 pm, Call to order at 6:00 pm (Ventura Community Center, 3990 Ventura Court, Palo Alto). Click here for staff report.

March 5, 2019

State of the City: Mayor Filseth will present the State of the City Address. Beginning at 7:00 pm (Mitchell Park Community Center – El Palo Alto Room).

March 4, 2019

City Council will review and discuss the city’s Long Range Financial ForecastBeginning at 8:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

February 25, 2019

City Council will take consent calendar votes on a second reading of the ordinance to repeal the Downtown Commercial Cap and an updated Urban Forest Master Plan. Council will also consider an ordinance allowing extra height and floor area to accommodate Roof-top Decks and authorize negotiations to purchase property at 3350 Birch Street, commonly referred to as the “AT&T site” in the Ventura neighborhood, for possible expansion of Boulware Park.

February 13, 2019

Cubberley Master Plan: The Planning and Transportation Commission will hold a study session on progress and conceptual site layout and circulation for the redesign of Cubberley Community Center. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall).

Comprehensive Plan and Housing Element: The PTC will do its annual review of the Comprehensive Plan, including the Housing Element, and make recommendations for changes or additions to the Plan. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

February 11, 2019

Cubberley Master Plan: Council will hold a study session on the Cubberley Co-design progress to date. Beginning at 5:30 pm (City Hall).  Click here for the Program Document synthesizing input and proposals to date. Click here for the staff report.

Downtown Parking Structure: Council will vote to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report and Approve the Architectural Review Application for the Downtown parking garage at 375 Hamilton Avenue. Beginning at 7:10 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Downtown Commercial Cap: Council will consider repealing the current cap on downtown non-residential development. Current commercial development is at or near the cap. When reached, the cap triggers a one-year moratorium on new non-residential development downtown. The Downtown Commercial Cap currently presents a major obstacle to the conversion of the President Hotel Apartments from residential to hotel use. Beginning at 8:45 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

February 5, 2019

North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan: The city will host its first community outreach meeting on the work to date of the citizen’s Working Group for the NVCAP. The Working Group is tasked with developing a vision for future land use on the 60 acre area including and surrounding the current Fry’s Electronics site. Outreach meeting 5:00 -9:00 pm (Mitchell Park Community Center, El Palo Alto Room). Click here for more information about the NVCAP.

February 4, 2019

State Legislation: Council will hold a study session with the City’s state lobbyists regarding the 2019 legislative session. Beginning at 5:00 pm (City Hall)

Stanford Expansion: Council will provide direction on a draft letter to Santa Clara County requesting terms for inclusion in a possible Development Agreement related to Stanford’s General Use Permit (GUP) application. The GUP proposes to add 3.5 million square feet of new development over the next 15 years. Beginning at 7:10 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Wireless Cell Antennas: Council is tentatively set to hear appeals of Verizon’s plans to install wireless cell equipment in the public right of way. The planned installations are called Cluster 2, and would be located in Downtown South. (Cluster 1 was already approved despite appeals in South Palo Alto). Beginning at 8:15 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

February 2, 2019 

City Council Retreat: City Council will hold its annual retreat to review the City’s 2018 National Citizen Survey results and set council priorities for the coming year. Beginning at 9:00 am (Community Meeting Room, City Hall). Click here for agenda.

January 30, 2019

Storm Drain Infrastructure: The Planning and Transportation Commission will hold a study session on the city’s draft Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Grandfathered uses in noncompliant buildings/President Hotel: The Planning and Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing on amendments to section 18.18.120 of the zoning code, Grandfathered Use and Facilities, that formed a basis for the city’s conclusion that the President Hotel could not legally be converted from residential to hotel use. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report

January 28, 2019

Midpeninsula Community Media Center: Council will vote to authorize negotiations to purchase the Media Center building at 900 San Antonio Road and a new agreement with the Media Center for Public Education and government (PEG) Access Channel Support Services. Beginning at 7:40 6:40 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Housing Ordinance: Council will continue deliberations on amendments to the zoning code that would reduce development standards related to parking, Floor Area Ratios, height limits, unit size and density, usable open space, and retail preservation, in order to incentivize construction of more housing. Discussion will focus on Neighborhood Commercial, Community Commercial, and Service Commercial zone districts and wrap up remaining citywide changes that have not yet been addressed. Beginning at 8:45 7:45 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report. Continued from December 3, 2018. Note: Council heard public comment on this topic on November 26 and closed the public hearing. While the public is always welcome to write to City Council, no further oral comments are likely to be heard on this topic. 

January 24, 2019

Cubberley Redevelopment: The third community co-design meeting will dive into site organization and building massing, and gather input on look and feel for future redevelopment to accommodate shared school/city use. 7:00-9:00 pm, Cubberley Community Center Pavilion (gym). Click here for the Program Document synthesizing input and proposals to date.

January 22, 2019

Weed Abatement: Council will adopt a resolution ordering the abatement of weed nuisances. Beginning at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Green Waste: Council will vote to approve an amended $22,183,000 agreement with Green Waste of Palo Alto for Solid Waste, Recyclable Materials and Compostable Materials Collection and Processing Services. Beginning at 7:15 6:15 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Grade Separations: City Council will discuss removing Palo Alto Avenue and a bike/ped crossing at Loma Verde from the grade separation analysis process, deferring them to future study and planning efforts. Council will also consider modifying the city-wide tunnel alternative to be south of Oregon Expressway only. Beginning at 8:30  7:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report. Note: this discussion is continued from December 17, 2018, public comment has already been heard.

January 17, 2019

Wireless Cell Equipment: The Architectural Review Board will hold a hearing on Crown Castle/Verizon plans to deploy six cell nodes on wood utility poles in Downtown North. This will be the first formal hearing on the Downtown North deployment, known as Cluster 3. Meeting begins at 8:30 am (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Hotel at former Su Hong Restaurant: The Architectural Review board will vote on approval of the design for a 5-story, 51,300 square foot hotel proposed for the former Su Hong Restaurant at 4256 El Camino Real, adjacent to the Palo Alto Redwoods multi-family residential complex. Meeting begins at 8:30 am (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

January 14, 2019

Transportation Management Association: Council will hold a study session on the annual report from Palo Alto’s TMA. Beginning at 7:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Wilton Court Affordable Housing Project: Council will consider plans for a 100% affordable housing project at 3703-3709 El Camino Real (at Wilton Avenue). Beginning at 7:35 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

3743 Redwood Circle: Council will consider an appeal of the Individual Review Approval of a two-story single family home. Beginning at 9:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

January 7, 2019

Election of New Mayor and Vice Mayor

City Council Winter Break: December 18, 2018 – January 6, 2019

December 17, 2018

Council is tentatively scheduled to hear updates on the Roth Building (Palo Alto History Museum) and Grade Separations.

December 10, 2018

Rinconada Pool Outsourcing: City Council will vote on approval of a Five-Year Operating and Revenue Sharing Agreement with Team Sheeper for Operations of Rinconada Pool, including change in management of the Rinconada Masters swim program. Beginning at 6:20 pm (City Hall). Continued from November 26, 2018. Click here for staff report.

California Avenue Parking Garage: Council will vote to approve a $39 million construction contract for the California Avenue parking garage and to authorize negotiation of related easements and short term leases for the project. Beginning at 8:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

President Hotel: Council is tentatively scheduled to amend Section 18.18.120 of the zoning code, Grandfathered Use and Facilities, that formed the basis of the city’s conclusion that the President Hotel could not legally be converted from residential to hotel use. Beginning at 9:00 pm (City Hall). Continued from November 26, 2018. Click here for staff report.

December 4, 2018

Annual Financial Report: The Finance Committee will discuss and recommend approval for the city’s FY 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Meeting begins at 2:00 pm (Community Meeting Room, City Hall)Click here for staff report

Audio/Visual Upgrade for Council Chambers: The Finance Committee will discuss a recommendation for approval of phased upgrades to the audio/visual system. Phases 1 and 2 would be completed in FY2020 at an anticipated cost of $1 million. Phase 3 would be completed in FY 2021 at an estimated cost of $750,000. Meeting begins at 2:00 pm (Community Meeting Room, City Hall)Click here for staff report.

December 3, 2018

Commission Appointments: Council is tentatively scheduled to vote on new appointments for two seats on the Planning and Transportation Commission, three seats on the Architectural Review Board, and three seats on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Beginning at 5:45 pm Rescheduled to 5:30 pm (City Hall). Click here to review applications.

429 University Ave Mixed Use ProjectBeginning at 9:00 pm (City Hall). Moved to consent calendar. Click here for staff report.

Housing Ordinance: City Council will consider amendments to the zoning code that would reduce development standards related to parking, Floor Area Ratios, height limits, unit size and density, usable open space, and retail preservation, in order to incentivize construction of more housing. Continued from November 26Note: Council heard public comment on this topic on November 26 and closed the public hearing. While the public is always welcome to write to City Council, no further oral comments will be received on this topic. Beginning at 6:15 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Downtown Office Cap: Council is tentatively scheduled to vote on repealing the Downtown Cumulative Cap on non-residential square footage. Beginning at 6:15 pm (City Hall)Continued to date uncertain, 2019Click here for staff report.

President Hotel: Council is tentatively scheduled to amend Section 18.18.120 of the zoning code, Grandfathered Use and Facilities, that formed the basis of the city’s conclusion that the President Hotel could not legally be converted from residential to hotel use. Beginning at 8:00 pm (City Hall).  Continued to December 10, 2018Click here for staff report.

November 29, 2018

Stanford GUP – Community Benefits: Santa Clara County staff and Supervisors Simitian and Chavez will host a Community Listening Meeting to hear from the public about the range and type of community benefits that should be considered in a negotiated Development Agreement regarding Stanford’s application for a General Use Permit for its proposed 2.3 million square foot academic expansion. Beginning at 6:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for more information.

November 28, 2018

Rail Grade Separation: The City will host a community meeting to review grade separation alternatives for the Charleston Road and Meadow Road rail crossings. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Mitchell Park Community Center, El Palo Alto Room).

November 26, 2018

Housing Ordinance: City Council will consider amendments to the zoning code that would reduce development standards related to parking, Floor Area Ratios, height limits, unit size and density, usable open space, and retail preservation, in order to incentivize construction of more housing.  Beginning at 7:15 Rescheduled to 8:15 pm (City Hall).  Click here for staff report

Animal Shelter: Council will vote to approve an operating agreement with Pets in Need, interim capital improvements and budget amendments in the General Fund and Capital Improvement Funds for future operation of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter. Beginning at 9:00 Rescheduled to 7:15 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Rinconada Pool Outsourcing: City Council will vote on approval of a Five-Year Operating and Revenue Sharing Agreement with Team Sheeper for Operations of Rinconada Pool. Beginning at 10:00 pm (City Hall) Continued to December 10, 2018. Click here for staff report.

November 19, 2018

Recycled Water Expansion: Council will hold a study session regarding expansion of the recycled water system and other water reuse opportunities. Beginning at 7:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Roof-top Decks Downtown: Council will vote to amend the zoning code to allow extra Floor Area to provide access to roof-top decks in the Commercial Downtown (Community) district and approve a conditional use permit for a 2,600 square foot roof top deck atop a commercial building at 285 University Avenue for the exclusive use of HOUZZ, the tenant currently occupying the 2nd through 5th floors of the building. Beginning at 8:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Utilities Smart Grid Plan: Council will vote to accept the Utilities Smart Grid Assessment and Utilities Technology Implementation Plan, including advanced metering infrastructure-based Smart Grid systems to serve electricity, water, and natural gas utility customers. Beginning at 9:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

November 14, 2018

Council Rail Committee: Tentatively scheduled to meet at 8:30 am (community meeting room, City Hall). Agenda TBD.

November 13, 2018

Council Policy and Services Committee: Tentatively scheduled to discuss the following items, beginning at 6:00pm (community meeting room, City Hall):

  • Council legislative priorities for 2019
  • Updates to council’s procedures and protocols, including changes to reflect reduced size of council
  • Code Enforcement Audit

November 6, 2018

ELECTION DAY

November 5, 2018

Public safety building approval: City council will vote on approval of the Architectural Review application for the new public safety building and related facilities to be located at 250 Sherman Avenue. Beginning at 8:45 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

November 1, 2018

Cubberley Redesign: The joint City-School District master planning process for designing Cubberley’s future continues with the second of four community co-design workshops. These meetings are iterative, but newcomers are always welcome. 7:00-9:00 pm at Cubberley Pavilion (4000 Middlefield Road). Click here for more information.

October 29, 2018

Lytton Gardens: City Council will hold a hearing to approve the issuance of tax-exempt bonds by the California Municipal Finance Authority (CMFA) for the Benefit of Lytton Gardens to finance a 220-Unit affordable apartment complex for seniors. Beginning at 7:35 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Pensions: City Council will take up Finance Committee recommendations about budget assumptions for pension benefits and directing staff to return in November 2018 with recommendations regarding reduced expenditures or use the Budget Stabilization Reserve to cover $4 billion in advance savings for future pension costs. Beginning at 8:00 pm (City Hall).  Click here for staff report.

Reduction to 7-member City Council: City Council will discuss amendments to procedures and protocols to conform to a 7-member City Council. Beginning at 9:00 pm (City Hall). Staff report will be available on October 25.

October 22, 2018

Traffic Town Hall: City Council will host a special town hall meeting on traffic and transportation. Staff will provide a status update on existing resources for the Office of Transportation in the City organization, a brief overview of regional traffic in the area and summarize the City’s goals and objectives for Transportation, including traffic congestion, as outlined in the Comprehensive Plan –Transportation Element. In addition, as part of the staff presentation staff we will report out on changes made to the Charleston Arastradero Road Corridor Project. Beginning at 5:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff presentation.

October 20, 2018

Candidates Forum on Secondary Education: The Palo Alto Council of PTA’s will host a School Board candidates forum on secondary education. 4:00-6:00 p.m. (JLS Middle School, 480 E. Meadow Drive).

Ballot Measures: The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto will hold a “pros and cons” information session on November 2018 ballot measures. Beginning at 2:00 pm (Downtown Library, 270 Forest Avenue).

October 17, 2018

Council Rail Committee MeetingBeginning at 8:00 am (Community Meeting Room, City Hall).

October 15, 2018

Rezoning of 788 San Antonio Road: Council will pre-screen a proposal to rezone property (located at San Antonio Road and Leghorn Street) from Service Commercial (CS) to Multi-Family Residential (RM-40) use and to redevelop the site with a four-story, 54-unit residential project. Beginning at 8:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Funding for California Avenue Parking Garage: Council will vote to authorize sale of Certificates of Participation not to exceed $50 million to finance construction of the California Avenue parking garage. Beginning at 9:35 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

October 14, 2018

Candidates Forum on Special Education/Educational Equity and Access:  The Palo Alto Council of PTA’s and Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), will hold a School Board candidates forum. 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Greene Middle School, 750 N. California Ave).

Ballot Measures: The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto will hold a “pros and cons” information session on November 2018 ballot measures. Beginning at 3:00 pm (Congregation Beth Am, Beit Kahilla, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.)

October 11, 2018

Ballot Measures: The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto will hold a “pros and cons” information session on November 2018 ballot measures. Beginning at 7:00 pm (Channing House, 850 Webster Street).

October 10, 2018

Roof-Top Decks Downtown: The Planning Commission will hold a hearing on an application for extra floor area and a conditional use permit to allow a roof-top deck of over 2,000 sf atop a commercial building at 285 University Avenue for the exclusive use of HOUZZ, the tenant currently occupying the 2nd through 5th floors of the building. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Housing Work Plan Ordinance: The Planning and Transportation Commission will vote on a draft zoning ordinance that would amend development standards in order to promote new housing. Amendments address minimum and maximum unit density, unit size, floor area ratio, height, and open space; parking requirements; exclusively residential projects; ground floor retail provisions; the approval process; and other regulations governing residential and mixed-use development. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report .

October 9, 2018

City Council Candidates Forum: The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto will host a City Council candidates forum, co-sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Branch of AAUW and Congregation Beth Am. 7:00-8:30 p.m. (First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road).

Ballot Measures: The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto will hold a “pros and cons” information session on November 2018 ballot measures. Beginning at 11:30 am (Women’s Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Avenue).

October 7, 2018

Measure F Debate (Health Care Regulations): The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and First Congregational Church will co-sponsor a debate featuring representatives of both sides of Measure F. 11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (First Congregational Church, Harmony Hall, 1985 Louis Road).

October 5, 2018

School Board Candidates Forum: The Palo Alto Chinese Parents Club and the nonprofit Asian Americans for Community Involvement will host a forum for Palo Alto school board candidates. Translation assistance will be available. Questions for the candidates can be submitted in advance to https://goo.gl/forms/jzgWmGI9a2IRwiRS27:00 – 9:00 pm (Channing House Auditorium, 850 Webster St.)

Ballot Measures: The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto will hold a “pros and cons” information session on November 2018 ballot measures. Beginning at 2:00 pm (Avenidas at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road).

October 4, 2018

Palo Alto City Council Candidate Forum: Hosted by Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN). 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (City Hall).

October 3, 2018

Palo Alto Council Candidate Debate: Sponsored by Palo Alto Weekly, Chamber of Commerce and others. Beginning at 7:30 pm (Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road).

October 1, 2018

Conversion of Mortuary at 980 Middlefield Road: Council will pre-screen a request to amend the existing Planned Community Zone in order to change the allowed use from mortuary to private women’s club. Beginning at 6:10 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Southgate RPP: Council’s consent calendar includes an up or down vote on a six month extension of the pilot phase for Southgate’s Residential Preferential Parking Program. Vote on consent calendar scheduled for 7:50 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Renter Relocation Assistance: Council’s consent calendar includes a second reading of draft ordinance requiring relocation assistance for no-fault evictions from multi-family housing developments containing 50 units or more. If approved on this second reading, the ordinance will take effect in 31 days. Vote on consent calendar scheduled for 7:50 pm (City Hall). Click here to view draft ordinance.

ADU Updates: Council will vote on updates to the ADU ordinance, including basement setback requirements, daylight planes, bonus lot coverage and floor area, reduced height limits within Eichler tracts, replacement parking provisions and more. Beginning at 9:00 pm (City Hall)Click here for staff report.

Transportation Impact Fees: City Council will vote to establish an updated citywide transportation impact fee (a one-time fee on new development and redevelopment throughout Palo Alto to fund transportation improvements to accommodate and mitigate the impacts of future development in the city) and update the municipal fee schedule. Postponed to a future date

September 27, 2018

Cubberley Re-design – Community Meeting: The City and the PAUSD will host the first of four, iterative Community Meetings, kicking off a co-design process for shared community and school district use of the Cubberley Community Center. 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Cubberley Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road). Click here for more information about the Co-design project. Click here to RSVP for the first community meeting.

September 26, 2018

Affordable Housing Project: The Planning and Transportation Commission will vote on a recommendation to apply the new Affordable Housing Combining District development standards to a 100% affordable housing project proposed for 3703-3709 El Camino Real (at Wilton Court). Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Housing Work Plan Ordinance: The Planning and Transportation Commission will continue its discussion of a draft zoning ordinance that would amend development standards in order to promote new housing. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report .

September 26, 2018

Grade Separations and Caltrain Electrification: The Council Rail Committee will consider a proposed cooperation agreement with the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board regarding Caltrain’s Electrification Project (click here for staff report) and the scope of traffic study related to potential grade crossing closures at Palo Alto Avenue and Churchill Road (click here for map of proposed traffic study locations). Meeting begins at 8:00 am.

September 20, 2018

School Board Candidates Debate, sponsored by the Palo Alto Weekly. Beginning at 7:30 pm (Palo Alto Arts Center Auditorium, 1717 Newell Rd.)

September 17, 2018

Airplane Noise and Environmental ImpactsBeginning at 6:40 pm (City Hall). Staff report will be available here on September 13, 2018.

Rezoning of 788 San Antonio Road: Council will pre-screen a proposal to rezone from Service Commercial (CS) to Multi-Family Residential (RM-40) use and to redevelop the site with a three-story, 45,000 square foot residential project. Postponed, tentatively to October 15. Click here for staff report.

Public Safety Building: Council will hold a study session to review the public Safety building design and status. Beginning at 8:40 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Cool Blocks Contract: City Council will vote on the consent calendar to approve a $25,000 contract with the Empowerment Institute for continued support of the Cool Blocks program as a revised Beta2 Pilot program. The contract also would include $75,000 of in-kind staff time to support the program. Click here for staff report.

Downtown Parking Garage: Council will hold a hearing to approve the Final Environmental Impact Report for the five-level parking structure at 375 Hamilton Avenue. POSTPONED.

Southgate RPP: Council will consider a resolution to continue the Southgate Residential Preferential Parking Program with Modifications, including limiting the number of available employee permits. POSTPONED.

September 12, 2018

Public Safety Building and Garage – Community Meeting: The City will host a community meeting for the public to learn about the new Public Safety Building and California Avenue Parking Garage project, including upcoming street and parking changes and tree removals in the area due to construction. 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (Palo Alto Central Meeting Room, 122 Sherman Avenue, Suite A100, Palo Alto).

Tree Protection Ordinance: The Planning and Transportation Commission will comment on a draft update to the city’s tree protection ordinance. Beginning at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Staff report and draft ordinance will be available here on September 10, 2018.

September 11, 2018

Business Registry and Audit Work Plan for 2019: The Council Policy and Services Committee will review an audit of the city’s Business Registry. The audit concluded that the Business Registry data was unreliable and offered recommendations for improvement. Beginning at 7:00 pm (Community Meeting Room, City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Policy and Services will also review the Fiscal Year 2019 Audit Work Plan. The Audit Work Plan outlines the audit activities and special projects the department will undertake in its ongoing oversight of city operations, including consideration of both risk factors and opportunities. Key upcoming audits include Code Enforcement, Parking Assessment Districts, Residential Parking Permit Program and city parking facilities, Transferable Development Rights, and data integrity and reliability. Click here for staff report.

Trains in Palo Alto – Impact on Traffic? Safety? Homes? – Nadia Naik of Californians Advocating Responsible Rail Design (CARRD) will present an update on what’s on the horizon for the rail corridor and how it may impact Palo Altans. From 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Palo Alto Women’s Club (475 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto). Free event open to all.

September 10, 2018

Change of use at 980 Middlefield Road: Council will pre-screen a request to amend the existing Planned Community Zone in order to change the allowed use from mortuary. Beginning at 5:15 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff reportLIKELY TO BE POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 1.

Grand Jury Report on Affordable Housing: Council will consider a draft letter of response to Grand Jury report. Beginning at 6:50 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Renter Protections: Council will consider a Colleague’s Memo regarding strengthening renter protection for Palo Alto residents. Beginning at 8:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

State and Local Legislative Update: Council will hold a study session to review recommended city positions for the 2018 League of California Cities Resolutions and State and Local Measures on the November 6, 2018 ballot. Beginning at 9:15 pm (City Hall). Click here and here for staff reports.

September 4, 2018

Transparency in Labor Negotiations: The Council Finance Committee will discuss Colleagues Memo. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (Community Meeting Room, City Hall). Click here for staff report.

August 29, 2018

Housing Work Plan: The Planning Commission will hold a study session on the framework for zoning changes to be included in a 2018 housing ordinance to “encourage production of a diversity of housing types in appropriate locations.” Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

3877 El Camino Real (at Curtner): The PTC will hold a hearing to approve a zoning map designation to allow subdivision of an existing 0.75 acre parcel into 17 residential condos and one commercial condo. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

August 28, 2018

Pickleball to be added to Tennis Court Use Policy: The Parks and Recreation Commission will consider revisions to the city’s Field and Tennis Court Use Policy to incorporate priority use times for Pickleball and allow for Pickleball tournament reservations. Meeting begins at 7:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

August 27, 2018

Safe Routes to School: Council will hold a study session on the Safe Routes to School Partnership Annual Update. Beginning at 5:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Animal Shelter: City Council will consider an operating agreement with Pets in Need and interim improvements to the Palo Alto Animal Shelter. Beginning at 6:40 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Emergency Renter Protection Ordinance: Council will consider adopting an ordinance requiring relocation assistance or relocation assistance plus just cause eviction protections for multifamily housing developments of 50 units or more. Beginning at 8:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Reaffirming City Commitment to a Diverse, Supportive, Inclusive and Protective Community. Council will consider recommendations from the Human Relations Commission (HRC) to support and extend Council Resolution Number 9653. Beginning at 9:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

ADU Updates: Council will consider PTC approved updates to the ADU ordinance, including basement setback requirements, daylight planes, bonus lot coverage and floor area, reduced height limits within Eichler tracts, replacement parking provisions and more. Postponed to future dateClick here for staff report.

August 23, 2018

Community Meeting on Grade Separations: The first of three in a new series of community meetings will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm (Mitchell Park Community Center).

August 20, 2018

Bay Delta Plan: Council will consider supporting the objectives of the State Water Resources Control Board’s Bay Delta Plan and a Negotiated Voluntary Settlement of Water Issues on the Tuolumne River. Beginning at 6:35 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Nobu Restaurant Expansion Appeal: Council will consider an appeal of the Planning Director’s approval of the Architectural Review Application to allow construction of a new two-story commercial building replacing three on-site parking spaces with five In-lieu spaces in the Downtown Parking Assessment District. Beginning at 7:30 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Fire Services Agreement with Stanford: Council will consider fire services agreement with Stanford University for the period July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2023 and settlement agreement for overpayment claim by Stanford. Beginning at 8:45 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Stanford GUP: Council will review and comment on the city’s letter to the Santa Clara county Board of Supervisors regarding the Stanford General Use Permit application. Beginning at 10:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

August 13, 2018

Airplane Noise: City Council will vote on a resolution to join newly formed Santa Clara/Santa Cruz Community Roundtable to address community noise concerns and make recommendations on airplane noise-related issues. Beginning at 9:00 pm (City Hall). Click here for staff report.

Urban Forest Master Plan: City Council will vote to adopt the Urban Forest Master Plan (Second Edition) and Implementation Plan. Continued to a future date.

July 30, 2018

Office Cap Ballot Measures and Stanford GUP: City Council will hold a special meeting to put the citizens’ initiative on the ballot, along with a possible competing measure from the City, and to approve submittal of formal comments on the Recirculated DEIR for the Stanford GUP. Tentative, TBD.

July 26, 2018

Deadline:  Stanford GUP: Deadline to submit public comments on the two Additional Housing Alternatives analyzed in a recirculated DEIR for the Stanford expansion. Click here for more information. Comments can be submitted via email to David Rader at the Santa Clara County Department of Planning and Development: David.Rader@pln.sccgov.org

July 16, 2018

Deadline to Apply for Community Advisory Panel on Grade Separations: Deadline to submit applications to join the Community Advisory Panel to work with the City’s project team on grade separation planning. Deadline is 5:00 pm. Click here for more information and application.

July 10, 2018

Stanford GUP: Santa Clara County will host at public meeting on two Additional Housing Alternatives studied in a recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for Stanford’s proposed expansion. Under Alternative A, Stanford would build housing to accommodate all the demand created by its academic expansion. Under Alternative B, the University would build housing for about half the housing needs it creates. 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Palo Alto Art Center). Click here for more information.  Public comments can be submitted until July 26, 2018.

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 staff report. 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).