For Immediate Release
Redwood City Approves Conditional Use Permit for Planned Parenthood Facility on El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA - May 20, 2011 - After several months of deliberation and discussions concerning parking, site circulation, and access issues, Redwood City’s Zoning Administrator has approved a conditional use permit for a health center, the Planned Parenthood Mar Monte facility at 2890 El Camino Real. Planned Parenthood Mar Monte applied to the City last year to convert an existing 5,333 square foot commercial office building into a health center providing preventative health care services, family planning, reproductive health, prenatal, and primary care services.
The City Zoning Administrator’s decision in issuing a conditional use permit is based on the land use classifications and zoning matters as applied to the proposed health center site, such as parking, traffic, access, and zoning conformity. The specific services provided in the health center may not be the focus of the City’s review; rather the potential land use impacts that result from these services, such as hours of operation, number of employees, deliveries, parking, access, etc., are subject to the Zoning Administrator’s review and consideration.
The City has found that, subject to the conditions set forth in the approval (such as number of parking spaces, coordination on sidewalk improvements, and coordination of on-site security provisions), the proposed land use at this site is compatible with surrounding land uses and compliant with City regulations.
During the time Planned Parenthood Mar Monte is making improvements to the interior of the building they will be providing selected services in a mobile van unit, which will be parked on the property three days a week. The use of the mobile van unit would discontinue as soon as the building passes final building inspection. Planned Parenthood Mar Monte has indicated that the new facility may open in early 2012.
The Redwood City Police Department has raised concerns about potential demands on police resources in responding to and following up on calls for service to this location, which may arise from the demonstrations that may occur. Planned Parenthood Mar Monte has agreed to work with the City in addressing some of these concerns, through sidewalk improvements to enhance public safety, coordination of on-site security provisions, and frequent, open communication with the police department in terms of activities and whether a police presence may be required.
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Redwood City Zoning Administrator