Council Workplan - Community Building

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  • Recology Expansion Project

Recology is proposing to expand their existing facility in Brisbane, which will require an environmental impact report (EIR).  We are awaiting Recology to submit a proposal, which will be subject to appropriate City review.

  • Brisbane Baylands

The Baylands Final EIR was published in May of 2015.  The Planning Commission reviewed the applicant’s (UPC's) Brisbane Baylands Specific Plan, amendments to the 1994 Brisbane General Plan, and the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Baylands, and provided a recommendation to Council.  The City Council commenced their Baylands Review Process in September of 2016.  The City Council’s Public Hearing/Workshop schedule for the Baylands is located here:  At the Council’s January 16, 2018 Baylands Deliberations Meeting, the Council voted to direct city staff and consultants to undertake a fiscal analysis of potential development scenarios that include varying amounts of housing in the proposed Baylands development project.  Specifically, Council directed staff to work with financial consultants to come back with three different ranges of housing vs. development of non-residential areas, looking at scenarios involving a range of 1,000 - 2,200 residential units, 2 - 6 million sq. ft. of non-residential building area, and to determine the financial consequences of the various scenarios.  This analysis is expected to completed and presented to the City Council for consideration at its March 22, 2018 meeting.

  • General Plan Update

In March of 2015, the City Council concurred that the 1994 General Plan core values were still relevant to Brisbane today and that the 1994 Plan, as modified through 2007, should be the basis for moving forward with the General Plan update process.  The General Plan update is pending completion of the Baylands review process.

  • Sierra Point Design/Development

City efforts to enliven and promote public activity at Sierra Point have been ongoing for many years.  Toward this end, on February 2, 2017 the City Council approved a revised Development Agreement with the developers of the Opus Office Complex at 3000-3500 Marina Boulevard, Sierra Point.  Under the terms of the Development Agreement, the expiration date of the Office Complex project approvals was extended from 2022 to 2027.  In exchange, the developer will install solar generation facilities on the roof of the planned parking structure, relinquish their long-term ground lease over City-owned 3.4 acre Parcel R near the Marina, and pay fees to the City for unspecified future public improvements to Parcel R.  This provides an exciting opportunity for the City to transform Parcel R and put it to beneficial public use.  The City Council will undertake a separate process to determine how and when to improve Parcel R for public use. 

In 2008, the City approved development of a 540,000 square foot research and development complex of 5 buildings, plus a parking garage with a small amount of retail near the Marina.  The site encompasses 22 vacant acres between the Brisbane Marina and the DoubleTree Hotel.  The project developer, HCP, has applied for building permits to construct the first two buildings.  In preparation, the City has approved site grading and the driving of test piles.  For pedestrian safety, a temporary detour of the Bay Trail has been established to run along Sierra Point Parkway instead of the south shore.  It is expected that the temporary detour will be in place through the fall of 2018. 

  • Affordable Housing Programs

At their February 15, 2018 meeting, the City Housing Authority sold four contiguous, vacant lots totaling approximately 4.21 acres, located immediately south of the intersection of San Bruno Avenue and Gladys Avenue, to JL Homeland Development Group for $2.732 million.  The property had previously been purchased by the City using the former Redevelopment Agency’s Low and Moderate Income Housing Fund.  Such funds must be used to provide affordable housing.  Accordingly, the proceeds of the sale of this property will be placed in a similar Housing Authority Fund and used to provide for low and moderate income households.  Prior to this sale, the City held approximately $1 million in Affordable Housing Funds.  A City Subcommittee is exploring ways to facilitate the construction of affordable housing in Brisbane or restart a first-time homebuyer program.  They have also discussed transforming the former Teen Center site into workforce housing in cooperation with the Brisbane Elementary School District and potentially Jefferson High School District.

Additionally, the City will be amending certain provisions of its Zoning Ordinance in order to comply with state law.

  • New Brisbane Library

In 2014, the Council identified the L.T. Clarke/5 Star Café site as the preferred site for the new Brisbane Library and afterwards formed a Library Planning Stakeholder Group.  This group is comprised of representatives from the Friends of the Brisbane Library, Mothers of Brisbane, San Mateo County Library Staff, Brisbane School District, BEST/PTO, City Council (1 member, plus 1 alternate), a Parks and Recreation Commissioner, the City Manager, and the Public Works Director.  They reviewed architectural-engineering RFPs and recommended architectural and design firm, Siegel & Strain, to the City Council in April, 2016.  A 50% design went to Council at their November 3, 2016 meeting.  At their February 2, 2017 meeting, the Council adopted a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the new Library, whose study found that the new Library would not have a significant effect on the environment because mitigation measures have been incorporated into the project.  Council is expected to approve the final design of the new library at their March 15, 2018 meeting and invite construction bids.  A construction contract is estimated to be awarded several months later in June 2018 with construction of Brisbane’s new Library expected to commence in the summer of 2018, and conclude by Summer/Fall 2019.  A webpage to track this Council Workplan item has been created and can be accessed here:

In terms of Public Art, a Public Art Request for Proposals resulted in a total of 25 submittals.  An Ad Hoc Committee of the City Council and Parks and Recreation Commission interviewed the top four candidates on April 26, 2017.  Based on the interviews, previous work, and reference checks, the Ad Hoc Subcommittee recommended Michele Gutlove to the Commission as the artist they chose to complete a public art installation at the new Brisbane Library.  The Commission met on May 10, 2017 and approved the recommendation, which the Council did as well at their May 18, 2017 meeting.

As far as funding goes, the Board of Supervisors voted to authorize a one-time $300K grant for design purposes at their March 29, 2016 meeting.  The Administrative Services Director and City Manager are also working on a low-interest loan from San Mateo County for the amount we may need to fund the library above and beyond the dedicated funds we have from the Northeast Ridge, which is about $3M.  The loan would be based on county investment pool interest earnings, something around 1 to 2%.  The details of the loan will be finalized as the project comes together and the construction costs are identified.  The Friends of the Brisbane Library are setting out to raise $100,000 for the new Brisbane Library.

  • BES/Childcare Modular

The Parks and Recreation Dept. will be putting out a Request for Proposals shortly to rent/lease a prefabricated modular unit that is already DSA (Division of the State Architect) approved.  This will be a secondary space to be used for the 2018/2019 school year, in addition to the existing modular.  This unit would be situated perpendicular to the existing unit on the blacktop alongside the fence on San Bruno Avenue.  Although that total area is 63’ x 28’, it is likely that a 24’ x 40’ modular will be secured since that is a fairly standard size.  This will provide the dept. with approximately 1,000 square feet of additional programmable space.  The timeframe for this initial phase would be to have the additional modular in place this summer before the start of the 2018-19 school year.

Additionally, the Parks and Recreation Dept. will put out a second RFP for the custom construction of a modular to replace both the existing unit and the rental unit.  Ideally, this replacement modular would have a bathroom and maximize use of the blacktop area, without encroaching onto the basketball court.  In order to accommodate the current demand for programs, the dept. estimates needing to have at least 1,500-1,800 square feet of space.  The cost estimate for this project is between $180,000-$252,000, depending on the final size.  There may be an opportunity to allocate Measure K funds from San Mateo County towards this project, which would help offset the expense.  The timeframe for this second phase would be to have the design & engineering take place during the 2018-19 school year, with the delivery and installation of the new facility taking place during the summer of 2019.


  • Parkside at Brisbane Village Precise Plan Adopted (COMPLETED 2018)

The Housing Element was adopted by the City Council in April 2015.  A portion of the approximately 25 acres near the Bayshore Boulevard/Old County Road entrance to Brisbane, which includes the Brisbane Village Shopping Center, Bank of America lot, light industrial properties on Park Place and Park Lane, and other City-owned properties along Bayshore Blvd. was identified in the Housing Element as the preferred location for new mixed use (i.e. retail) and residential infill development (i.e. housing).  This area is being referred to as “Parkside at Brisbane Village”. 

In September of 2015, The Council selected MIG Consultants to prepare the Parkside at Brisbane Village Precise Plan.  A Pop-Up Workshop occurred on October 24, 2015 on Old County Rd. and overlapped with the Lions’ Pumpkin Patch and Flu Shot Clinic.  Another community workshop took place in February, 2016 and was followed up with a Parkside Building Blocks Survey (there were a total of 31 respondents to the electronic and hardcopy forms of the survey).  A Council Study Session took place in June of 2016 where MIG presented three different land use and transportation scenarios for the City Council and community feedback. 

At their September 1, 2016 meeting, Council continued their discussion of potential preliminary land use alternatives for the Parkside Precise Plan.  MIG also presented several photosimulations and renderings to help better envision the pedestrian environment and visual impacts of Alternatives A & B (see all Preliminary Land Use Alternatives and other Parkside Precise Plan documents here: A highlight of the meeting was the presentation by Councilmembers O’Connell and Davis of a modified Alternative they had prepared for residential development on Park Lane and Park Place.  Speakers voiced support for the modified Alternative.  The City Council directed MIG to use the modified Alternative prepared by Councilmembers O’Connell and Davis as the basis for further plan preparation.  The Council also determined that a broader vision was appropriate for the Brisbane Village Shopping Center and adjacent parcels, with a focus on land uses that would encourage public gatherings and attract visitors from out of town (such as a microbrewery or boutique hotel). 

MIG released a Draft Parkside Precise Plan in June 2017, which the Planning Commission approved with modifications at their August 22, 2017 meeting.  The Draft Parkside Precise Plan is tentatively scheduled to go before Council sometime in October 2017.  More information about the Parkside Plan can be found here:

  • Public Arts Ordinance Approved - COMPLETED JULY 2017

In November of 2012, the City Council directed the Parks and Recreation Commission to draft an ordinance, which the Public Arts Subcommittee did with assistance from staff and the City Attorney.  It was determined that the ordinance itself would be more of a shell, talking about how revenues are taken in, with the Implementation Guidelines done as a separate document, which would give the Council the most amount of flexibility to make changes if needed rather than go through an ordinance method.  The ordinance was approved in October of 2014 and the Public Arts Subcommittee then drafted the Implementation Guidelines.  The Guidelines were reviewed by a citizen committee for feedback before going to the Parks and Recreation Commission for their review in February of 2017.  Ultimately, the Implementation Guidelines went before the Council at their July 20, 2017 meeting where they were unanimously approved. 

The determination was made by the Public Arts Subcommittee to form a Public Art Advisory Committee to review and make decisions on conceptual design plans submitted by a developer of a project subject to the public art requirement.  It would be comprised of two members of the City Council, two members of the Parks and Recreation Commission, and two members from the public, with one being from the business community (an employee or owner of a business located in Brisbane) and one being from the artist community (professionally engaged in the art community).  The Public Art Advisory Committee will meet at least once a year (then on an as-needed basis) to review money available for public art and to make a recommendation to the Commission on its use.  Applications were accepted for the Public Art Advisory Committee through January 31, 2018.  Council will be interviewing candidates for the newly formed Committee on March 13, 2018.


(Last updated: March 2, 2018)