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Baylands General Plan Amendment

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08/06/2018 - 5:00pm

The project that has been on everyone’s minds – amongst the Brisbane Community and the region – is of course the Brisbane Baylands.  On July 19th, City Council took a series of votes concerning the Baylands to send a General Plan Amendment to the voters for the November 6, 2018 election.

The first two votes the City Council took on this issue were unanimous (5-0).  The first vote unanimously certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and adopted the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program.

The second vote unanimously approved including a range of 1,800 – 2,200 housing units in the General Plan Amendment.

The third vote, approved 4-1, allows up to 7 million square feet of new commercial development (Councilmember O’Connell voted no on that item because she felt 4.5 million square feet of new commercial was adequate).

The final vote taken was unanimous (5-0), and placed the approved Baylands General Plan Amendment onto the November 6, 2018 ballot.  This kept the promise made by all of the Council Members to allow the residents of Brisbane to cast their vote on what is in the best interest of their community.

As part of the General Plan Amendment Council included the need for all residential land to be cleaned up (remediated) to a level which allows for ground floor contact and would allow for schools, day care centers, and parks be included in residential communities.  Council also wanted to provide itself and the community with the most flexibility in approving future projects which would provide for the amenities our community has come to expect, improved funding of all General Fund services (Police, Fire, Roads, Parks and Recreation), and to ensure the new development was a community and not just a series of buildings disconnected from Brisbane.

In addition to the above requirements of the General Plan amendment the City already has an ordinance which requires the Baylands development to have a minimum of 15% of its housing units designated as affordable or meet below-market requirements and a minimum of 25% of the Baylands must be reserved for open space/area.

Approving of the General Plan Amendment does not mean approval of the final project.  The developer will need to submit a Specific Plan compliant with the new General Plan (if approved).  When the Specific Plan is submitted the remediation action plan will need to be submitted as well.  Additional environmental reports will need to be completed based on the proposed Specific Plan, and a Development Agreement would need to be agreed upon which would create a contract by which the developer would need to abide.   

City Manager Clay Holstine commented to Marisa Kendall, a reporter with the Bay Area News Group, “The City certainly sees all of the ill effects of the housing crisis, and we’re trying to be responsible not only to that issue, but to our own community.”

To view the Notice of Election and Deadline for Submitting Arguments and Rebuttals, please click here.  If you would like to subscribe to Baylands Updates from the City, please sign up here: http://brisbaneca.org/baylands-email-list-sign-up-form.

National Bike/Ped Count 2018

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08/02/2018 - 5:00pm

Every year in mid-September, the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability recruits volunteers to count at various locations throughout the county during two hour periods.

The goal is to provide accurate and consistent documentation on usage and demand, and encourage investments in transportation modes other than the private automobile.  This is part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation (NBPD) Project, a nationwide effort to provide data collection and ongoing data for use by planners, governments, and the general public.  Therefore, the count methodology follows standardized NBPD guidelines.

For 2018, the count period is September 11th - 16th.  Dedicated volunteers like you are needed to help in this important work!  Volunteers are needed for the in-field data collection component.  This means that you get to be outside enjoying a couple of hours in the beautiful, mid-peninsula weather while recording those who walk and bike past.  Each shift is two hours and you can indicate your location and time preferences.  To register as a volunteer, please do so here.  You can also view the Active Transportation page on the Office of Sustainability's website for more information.  Thank you for your consideration in helping with this very important documentation effort!

Mission Blue Sand Courts

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08/15/2018 - 5:00pm

Construction is complete at the new Mission Blue Sand Courts, located at the corner of Mission Blue Drive and Monarch Drive.  This project was approved by the City Council at their June 21, 2018 meeting, where they entered into an initial 3-year agreement with SF Elite Volleyball Club.  The courts are currently available entirely for the public to use, as the sand tournament season recently concluded.  Otherwise, the courts will be available for public use outside of the pre-set times the club will be using them.  Thank you to SF Elite for their donation to the community by expanding recreational amenities available for Brisbane residents!

VIDEOS: 'Sort Your Rubbish!' Series

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08/05/2018 - 5:00pm

One of the projects our Summer Multimedia Intern Johnson Xiao hoped to accomplish for the Open Space and Ecology Committee was an educational video focused on how to properly sort trash one's trash by utilizing one of the four waste streams: Compost, Recyclables, Trash, and Paper.  The end result was four separate videos, each focused on one waste stream.  We'll post one a day this week, ending with a mashup of the four on Friday!  Enjoy, and we hope you learn something new!  And remember, If in doubt, find out!

MONDAY: Sort Your Rubbish! [Compost]

TUESDAY - Sort Your Rubbish! [Recyclables]

WEDNESDAY - Sort Your Rubbish! [Trash]

THURSDAY - Sort Your Rubbish! [Paper]

FRIDAY - Sort Your Rubbish! [Mashup]

These videos were so much fun to make.  Special thanks to Sustainability Management Analyst Adrienne Etherton for managing the project, our Summer Interns Julia Deschaumes, Emilio Flamenco, Brenda Walker, along with Assistant Engineer II Justin Yuen for starring in the videos, and of course Johnson Xiao for producing them for the community to enjoy!  We hope you learned something new about the 4 waste streams and how you can modify your habits to be sure you #sortsmart!

August 2018 STAR Newsletter

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07/26/2018 - 5:00pm

Click here to read the August 2018 STAR Newsletter.