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April 27, 2010 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

April 20, 2010

Update of Midtown District plan and design guidelines:
Concept plan will focus on mixed use development, economic vitality and a pedestrian-friendly environment. Efficiency and green building construction will be encouraged. Back-in parking will be tested on Capitol Ave. Council commented extensively on artwork. Form based zoning will be based on building characteristics rather than simply zoning and Floor Area Ratios (FAR). Streets within the Midtown District will be extended and expanded to create increased flow of traffic (pedestrian, bicycle, auto). Development within the area will expand the developed square footage by approximately two million square feet. Meetings leading to completion of a Midtown Environmental Impact Review include meetings with the Art Review Board in May, Property Owners in June, Planning Commission in June and a draft plan presentation to City Council in July, 2010.

Seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) Certification using the services of HOK Architects. Costs authorized are not-to-exceed $64,300.

Approve an ordinance to allow a Back-In Parking project on Capitol Avenue. Expected benefits include better visibility of bicycle and automobile traffic when parking and exiting, easier than parallel parking, open doors block children's access to the street, loading and unloading from trunk faces sidewalk. Staff anticipates the pilot project will be implemented by early June, 2010.

Presentation and discussion of Community Character Element of General Plan 2030:
This is a new element when compared to the existing General Plan. It is designed to present a three-dimensional image of the City Character. It refers to an integration of neighborhoods, description of movement within them and how they relate to adjoining areas. Instead of treating each design element as a separate "silo," concepts and designs will flow through corridors, centers, neighborhoods, community plan areas and the entire city framework.

A summary of the Community Character Element will be presented in May followed by completion of the working Draft of the General Plan, work on the Environmental Impact Report and community outreach during the summer months.

Mayor Bob Wasserman Aye
Vice-Mayor Bob Wieckowski Aye
Anu Natarajan Aye
Bill Harrison Aye
Suzanne Lee Chan Aye

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