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July 11, 2016

Busy Planning B.

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Busy meeting for the Planning Board.  The first item is to recommend approval of the tentative map for Site A’s Phase 1 development at Alameda Point.   If the Planning Board does not recommend approval then this is one less item for the jam packed July 19 meeting of the City Council.  Given that the Planning Board is now filled with Trish Spencer’s hand picked development skeptical appointees and some development skeptical hold overs it may be a rough night for Alameda Point Partners who have worked really hard up to this point.

This subdivision map is important because it breaks the large swaths into smaller lot sizes so that when the units that are sold to individuals buyers their ownership is clear.  If the tentative map is not approved the projects can’t really move forward how it’s planned now.

Next up the tentative map and negative declaration approval recommendation for land on the East End owned by the Army Corps but will now transfer to the City to be sold to property owners abutting the subdivided lots.

And finally the groundhog day like Boatworks project which is forever in the works but never actually going anywhere. And for good measure things like this always seem to be happening, from the staff report:

On May 9, 2016, the Planning Board held a study session to review and comment on the proposed Development Plan application.  The staff report disclosed the inconsistencies between the Development Plan and the Tentative Map.  The Board made a number of suggestions to improve the Plan, including requests to: increase the diversity of housing types on the site, increase the diversity of housing sizes, ensure adequate setbacks between buildings and public open spaces and paseos to preserve views through the site, distribute the affordable housing throughout the development, and provide access to the water for kayak launching and water shuttle landings.  Two days later, the applicant informed staff that he would not be making any of the Planning Board’s recommended changes to the plan.

And this:

Then within the last month, the applicant submitted two agreements for City signature: an Owner Participation Agreement committing the City of Alameda to transfer Redevelopment Tax Increment funds to the applicant pursuant to the no-longer valid 2010 Settlement Agreement and an Affordable Housing Agreement that commits the project to 21 affordable housing units instead of 29 affordable housing units.  The City has refused to sign these agreements.

Staff is recommending a denial of the request of the applicant to extend their 2011 tentative map.  But they are recommending a tentative approval of the 2016 development plan.   At this rate maybe we’ll see yet another development plan request for approval in 2021.



  1. Re: the Army Corps land

    The way I read that is that adjacent dry land owners will have the chance to purchase the tidelands, yes?

    Am I reading that correctly?

    Comment by dave — July 11, 2016 @ 6:30 am

    • Yes, right now some land owners are leasing the land, but now they’ll get the opportunity to purchase.

      Comment by Lauren Do — July 11, 2016 @ 7:49 am

      • Anyone know what lease terms are? If the leases are cheap, I’d see little reason to purchase unless owning would free them from BCDC’s onerous regulations.

        Just idle curiosity…

        Comment by Sigmund Freud — July 11, 2016 @ 8:15 am

  2. Just FWIW, maybe not much, I note that the proposed lotting of the tidelands will seal off forever the three public walks originally platted in the Fernside Addition: one at the end of Fairview, one at the end of Monte Vista, and the other near to High Street. When this lotting goes into effect, the villagers of Alameda will be giving up forever 180 feet of public shoreline access along Fernside Blvd. I don’t really have a dog in this fight since I no longer live in Alameda. If the villagers are OK with this, I’m OK with it.

    Comment by Tom Schweich — July 11, 2016 @ 7:04 am

    • Hi Tom. How are you? We miss you here in Alameda! The Jean Sweeney Open Space Park designs were just approved by Council last week! It’s been a long process, but we can proceed now. Wish you were here to view the first shovels digging up some dirt. Best Regards, Bill

      Comment by Bill2 — July 11, 2016 @ 4:41 pm

      • Hi Bill, Wish I was there to see the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park develop; also to enjoy some of Alameda’s summertime fog! Tom

        Comment by Tom Schweich — July 11, 2016 @ 6:57 pm

    • Tom, tonight the planning board unanimously approved requiring a public easement connected to all three public waterfront access points. If approved by the council, water access will be maintained for the public. If not, they’ll privatize the water around they public land.

      Comment by jkw — July 11, 2016 @ 9:46 pm

      • Thanks for the update, JKW. My hope would be that, one day, Alamedans could relax on a park bench or a picnic table under the shade of a nice tree and think good thoughts about the developers of the Fairview Addition whose foresight reserved that space for everyone.

        Comment by Tom Schweich — July 12, 2016 @ 6:52 am

  3. At least the City was to get to the old buildings removed from the Boatworks site, though the view is nothing to write home about.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — July 11, 2016 @ 8:56 am

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