The City of Menlo Park is located in the southern part of San Mateo County, bordered on the north by Atherton and to the south by Palo Alto.. Since the City is not located within Santa Clara County, the District's collaborative efforts with Menlo Park are limited. However, Menlo Park lies within the San Francisquito watershed and partners with the District on local natural flood protection and stewardship projects.
Most policies guiding development and use of resources in Menlo Park are contained in the City's General Plan. With the understanding that their roles and responsibilities often intersect, the District and the City work together on many key community interests.
Looking forward, further collaboration or partnership will facilitate sustainable development in the region, particularly in the following areas:
When evaluating land use decisions:
During operations of existing facilities or services:
The interactive map below shows the location of Menlo Park and illustrates some of the city's key features, such as major creeks, flood zones and groundwater subbasins.
To view key features, choose a layer from the "Select a layer to display" menu on the map below. You can select multiple layers to view at one time; if you wish to turn off a layer, select it again from the menu. Individual layers contain specific data that you can access by clicking on the layer itself.
Menlo Park is located within the San Franciscquito Creek watershed system, with San Franciscquito Creek forming the city's southern border with Palo Alto. There are no major water bodies within the city limits, but Bear Gulch Reservoir lies northeast of the city and Lagunita Lake lies directly south.
While the City's General Plan does not include many specific requirements related to water resources, it does provide guidance and encouragement in support of water conservation, securing supplemental water supplies, and developing a comprehensive underground water protection program in partnership with other agencies. The City also advocates collaboration with the Bay Area Water Users Association to secure adequate water supplies for the region as appropriate.
The General Plan sets forth policies regulating urban development in areas with flood hazards, and works to keep all regulations in compliance with FEMA standards.
Menlo Park has worked with the District to protect and preserve San Franciscquito Creek in accordance with an implementation program outlined in the city's General Plan. This program considered regulations such as requiring use permits for structures or impervious surfaces within a specified distance of the top of the creek bank.
The City and the District collaborate on projects to maintain the health of the watershed and water quality, establish natural flood protection and provide access to open space and trails. Recent projects include:
- San Franciscquito Creek
- Supplemental Emergency Water Supply Project
- Water Main Replacement Project 2006-07
The Related Plan Elements listed below identify some of the District strategies applicable to the city. They provide the basis for cities to provide better management of key water resources features within their jurisdictions and to work more effectively with the District to address water resources managemenet issues.
E-126.96.36.199: Ensure floodplain maps (alluvial and tidal) are based on best available data. (C)
E-188.8.131.52: Promote awareness of risks for developing in flood hazard areas. (T)