New Facebook campus plans face public scrutiny 

click to enlarge A chainlink fence surrounds the former Sun Microsystems campus on February 8, 2011 in Menlo Park, California. Facebook announced that it will move its headquarters from Palo Alto to Menlo Park and take over the former Sun Microsystems campus that consists of 57 acres, nine buildings and about 1 million square feet. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • A chainlink fence surrounds the former Sun Microsystems campus on February 8, 2011 in Menlo Park, California. Facebook announced that it will move its headquarters from Palo Alto to Menlo Park and take over the former Sun Microsystems campus that consists of 57 acres, nine buildings and about 1 million square feet.

The Menlo Park City Council will hold a special study session on Tuesday evening to discuss Facebook's plans to expand its headquarters.

Representatives from Facebook and the city planning department will make presentations to the council on a range of issues, including the maximum allowable number of employees at its "East Campus" at 1601 Willow Road, traffic impacts, and the build-out of a 22-acre "West Campus" on Bayshore Expressway, Menlo Park associate planner Rachel Grossman said.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to speak at the study session, Grossman said.

Facebook last month moved 2,000 employees into its newly remodeled Menlo Park headquarters.

The social media company is hoping to replace an existing employee cap with a daily vehicular trip cap, which would allow up to 6,600 employees to work at the East Campus daily, Grossman said.

The company is also aiming to eventually open a West Campus with a five-story parking structure and five new office buildings, which would entail rezoning the project site to allow for taller buildings and permits to remove trees.

Neighboring city East Palo Alto has voiced concerns that the company's expansion plans will clog its streets and drive up rents. 

Grossman said negotiations with Facebook are sticking to schedule, and that a development plan will likely come before the City Council by mid- to late April.

Tuesday's study session will begin at 6 p.m. in council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

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