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September 27, 2011 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

September 20, 2011

Modify building design for Pulte Homes Villa D'este development
Continue participation in county HOME affordable housing program for three years
Approve contract with Alameda County for $422,799 to continue Senior Mobile Mental Health Team for FY 2011/12
Approve transfer payment agreement with Fremont Redevelopment Agency for schools and other entities
Continue a joint powers agreement to provide mental health services to New Haven Unified School District (Dutra recuse)

Redevelopment Agency:
Approve transfer payment agreement with City. Redevelopment funds will be transferred to City to make required payments

Appeal of Animal Fancier permit denial. Appellant asked for permission to keep two beehives and six chickens at his home at 37017 Contra Costa Avenue. Although allowed by code, neighbor complaints convinced staff that beekeeping presented a nuisance and hazard to the neighborhood. Appellant countered with argument that honeybees are not aggressive and pose little threat and are good for the environment.
4-1 (Wasserman) to approve appeal of beekeeper

Approve Affordable Housing Text Amendment to allow greater flexibility and modifications. These included in-lieu fees and off-site below market rate units to satisfy a requirement of 15% reserved for moderate-income buyers. Council instructed staff to explore more concrete direction toward low income and rental units. Staff recommended a concrete policy of permit timing, a majority of 3-bedroom units with no provision for rental housing.

Council gives provisionary approval with exceptions to 3-bedroom and rental provisions. 4-0-1 (Dutra recuse)

Other Business:
General Plan Environmental Impact Report update includes ten categories using a "growth trend approach." A public hearing process will commence with reviews by Recreation Commission, Planning Commission and Historical and Architectural Review Board before returning to Council in December. Comment by public regarding lack of provision for Global Warming effects on sea level rise.

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

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