City Secures Grant

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Last Friday, the City received word from the Environmental Protection Agency that it had been one of the 26 entities nationally selected to receive technical assistance in the form of a renewable energy study for the Brisbane Baylands.  As part of the EPA's RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative, the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are evaluating the feasibility of developing renewable energy production on Superfund, brownfields, and former landfill or mining sites. The EPA is investing approximately $1,000,000 for the project, which pairs EPA’s expertise on contaminated sites with the renewable energy expertise of NREL.  Since Brisbane's wintertime climate is much more amenable for conducting a site visit than that of the other entities which have been selected, Brisbane will be one of the first sites to be visited by NREL in the coming months.  The City worked with members of Prescience International, highly regarded for their global adoption of life science and cleantech, in developing the study's grant application.  The City is appreciative of the support shown by the Committee for Renewable Energy on the Baylands (CREBL) in seeing that the Baylands is developed in a truly innovative, environmentally-progressive manner.  They and many others wrote letters of support for this renewable energy generation feasibility study. For more information on the type of feasibility study that will be conducted on the Baylands, please click here.

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This is excellent

This is excellent news!

However, in the feasibility study outline, it is stated "The City of Brisbane and the land-owner/developer are planning to develop a new transit-oriented, mixed-use community..."

Really?
The use of the word "community" implies that there would housing in the area. I was not aware that plans for the Baylands had progressed to this stage.

Could you please comment on this?
Thank you.

Hello Amy, In the context of

Hello Amy,

In the context of properties owned by UPC in both San Francisco (Schlage Lock site, which has already been approved for residential development), and Brisbane (final land uses not yet determined), it is anticipated that there will be a mix of residential and non-residentially developed properties in proximity to the Bayshore Caltrain station (which is also expected to be upgraded to a multi-modal transit hub accommodating bus-rapid transit to Balboa Station BART and connection to the the Muni 3rd Street T-line). As such, the characterization of the larger area-wide development pattern "transit-oriented mixed use" is accurate.

The City of Brisbane is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) evaluating a range of potential land use development scenarios for the Brisbane Baylands. No land use decisions regarding the future development of the Brisbane Baylands have been made, and no such decisions will be made until after the draft EIR is published and the public process of reviewing and certifying the EIR and considering a specific plan is completed. More information about the EIR process can be found on the City's website here: http://www.brisbaneca.org/baylands/eir-process.

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