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Baylands General Plan Amendment

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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.”

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