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April 10, 2012 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

April 3, 2012


Consent:
Approve easement and vacation of portions of Lakeview and Gateway Boulevards
Approve zoning text amendment for large family day care homes to conform with City General Plan and State Legislature's intent
Approve Redevelopment Successor Agency Obligation Payment Schedules and Administrative Budget


Public Communications:
Speaker questioned the requirement for rabies vaccinations for indoor cats; noted the risk of cancer due to vaccine.
Bella Vista, LLC representative noted that a second summary update has been submitted for review and will be on the April 17 council calendar.


Scheduled Items:
Consideration of Niles Canyon Road Truck restriction included a report of large truck (>5 ton) accident study that found the incidence was commensurate with other vehicles and does not support safety as an issue to significantly change the road. Discussion centered on approximately four percent usage of Niles Canyon by large trucks and the conclusion that Caltrans efforts and expenditures to improve safety was a "zero sum game." Installation of "rumble strips" has significantly improved accident rates. Avoidance of truck scales and increased use of Mission Boulevard were also discussed as well as "decertification" of the state route as factors that would affect restrictions of Niles Canyon truck traffic. A strong suggestion to Caltrans for reconsideration of this project will be sent.

Review draft Climate Action Plan and give direction to staff. Comments from councilmembers reflected the need for additional study and organization of the Plan. Priorities and organization were missing. Councilmember Natarajan noted the Climate Action Plan of Union City as an example of a thoughtful and complete document. Real Estate professionals in attendance were united in opposition to the Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance as an immediate part of the plan due to costs and the depressed real estate market at this time. Adding costs to a real estate transaction will have a negative effect. There is also a need for "metrics" to track the effectiveness of this strategy. Mayor Morrison suggested a work session to review the entire document "page by page."


Referrals:
Councilmember Chan proposed establishing Electric Vehicle (EV) guidelines using a document created by ABAG, Bay Area Climate Collaborative, EV Communities Alliance and the Bay Air Quality Management District as a template. Guide is available for review at www.baclimate.org.

Councilmember Natarajan asked the council to consider participation in a National Technical Advisory Panel of the Urban Land Institute to review and suggest actions for the Warm Springs/South Fremont area around the new BART station. The cost for this is estimated at $60,000.


Mayor Gus Morrison Aye
Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan Aye
Bill Harrison Aye
Suzanne Lee Chan Aye
Dominic Dutra Aye

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