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June 22, 2010 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

June 15, 2010

Work Session:
According to Richard Frisbie of Frisbie Planning Group, Patterson Ranch development plans have been amended due to four primary factors: market conditions, land use composition, bank lending policies and compatibility with existing Ardenwood neighborhoods. Depending on affordable housing requirements, either 500 single-family homes or 448 single-family homes and 72 apartments will be located on 101 acres located between Ardenwood Boulevard and Paseo Padre Parkway. Commercial use and a school site have been eliminated. The remainder of the land (327 acres) is proposed as natural open space, park dedication/donation acreage, Union Sanitary District pumping station acreage and possible use by religious facilities.

Private parks are envisioned within seven residential "neighborhoods" including community gardens and orchards. A public access trail is proposed along the periphery of the property from the Alameda Creek Bridge to the adjoining Cargill property. Sustainable building measures will be incorporated and encouraged throughout the development. An Environmental Impact Report is expected within a few days and will be open to a 45-day public review. Funds will be set aside through a Development Agreement for Fremont in a Park Improvement Fund and Traffic Impact Fund.

Second reading of sign ordinance allowing larger freeway-oriented signs.
Accept Measure WW bond funds from East Bay Regional Park District for play area upgrades.
Approve Niles Union Pacific site remediation contract to Pacific States Environmental Contractors, Inc. for $1,912,177 (Councilmember Harrison recused).
Approve funds transfer of Fire Bond funds between accounts and to Police Seismic Retrofit project
Award Police Department seismic retrofit project to Cal Pacific Construction, Inc. for $5,221,000.

Oral Communications:
Speaker voiced objection to funds used for new skate park and public notification process.
Speaker lauded Fremont's no smoking in eating establishment ordinance.

Osgood Road improvements contract award of $3,732,241.10 to RGW Construction, Inc. Mayor Wasserman noted the long wait and his unqualified endorsement of this important improvement for Fremont.

Adoption of an Affordable Housing Ordinance which allows a current discount, followed by a graduated increase of in-lieu and impact fees and a target of 20 percent inclusion by year 2015 subject to a nexus study.

Review and discuss a Climate Action Plan to reduce Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalents. The strategy will include strategies to encourage and mandate citizen and city behavioral change to move toward reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable methods of transportation, energy use and waste disposal.

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

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