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July 9, 2010 > Shoreline planning agency to continue

Shoreline planning agency to continue

By Simon Wong

The City of Hayward, Hayward Area Recreation & Park District (HARD) and East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) formed a joint powers agency, the Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency (HASPA), in 1970 to acquire and clean the Hayward shoreline and immediate vicinity after decades of landfill and industrial use.

Approximately $20M has been invested with more than 3,150 acres purchased for public ownership and restored. More than 50,000 people visit annually. The Hayward Area Shoreline is a haven for recreation, used by bicyclists, hikers, hunters, joggers and ornithologists and is a staging area for many naturalists.

HASPA plays an important role in maintaining the attractiveness of one of the city's natural assets and has reviewed projects intended for the Shoreline area, such as the Russell City Energy Center, Salem Communications' four proposed radio antennae and 1,216 sq. ft. transmitter building, the Bay Trail and the South Bay Salt Ponds restoration project. The Agency initiated the preparation of the Preliminary Sea Level Rise study presented to Council on March 16, 2010.

The Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement, which has been renewed every five years since 1970, expired on July 1, 2010 and has been extended to July 1, 2015.

Councilor Bill Quirk, HARD Board Member Minane Jameson and EBRPD Board Member Carol Severin form the HASPA Board of Trustees which is chaired by Severin and meets quarterly.

For the next five years, HARD will assume the Chair and HARD staff will provide administrative support, according to rotation of duties among member agencies. The City of Hayward will fulfill these roles from 2015 to 2020, following a further five-year extension of the JPA.

The cost of the City of Hayward Planning Division's support of HASPA's meetings and activities is covered by the Advanced Planning section's budget and amounts to approximately 60 hours per annum.

Renewal of the JPA does not require review as it has no significant environmental impact, as per the California Environmental Quality Act.

For more information about the Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency, visit http://tinyurl.com/25lgypm

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