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At their March 22, 2018 City Council Meeting, the Council made a motion that moved the Baylands project forward.  However, it did not come easily, and it did not come before listening to all of the community members that came to offer public comment.  These comments included personal sentiments, concerns, and things about the site that weighed heavily on their hearts and their minds.  The Council assured those in the room and those watching from home that they, staff, and the City’s legal counsel are very aware of the site’s contamination and that they have been working hard to educate and inform our state legislators of the various safety issues and complexities about the site which aren’t readily apparent from a search of the Baylands on Google Maps. 

Before making the motion, Councilmember O’Connell stated that “we know that it’s toxic land out there, and we know that if we’re the ones on the forefront, then we can actually make a difference and set some of the levels that we want in the performance standards that we need in order to be viable as a city and to be viable as an environmentally-conscious community.” 

With that, she made the motion for staff to bring back a draft General Plan amendment for a Baylands development with a build out of 1,800-2,200 residential units (designated in the Operable Unit (OU-1) area located west of the railroad and north of Geneva Avenue (extended)) and up to 4 million square feet of commercial space; along with added performance standards and safeguards for environmental clean-up concerns and the City’s fiscal concerns. Councilmember Cunningham seconded the motion, with the rest of the Council voting 5-0 to adopt the motion.

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