October 23, 2012 > Fremont Planning Commission
Fremont Planning Commission
October 18, 2012
Consider Preliminary Planned District for Mission Hills Swim and Tennis Club proposed for Kimber Park Open Space. Staff recommends approval of concept of a private swim and tennis club on 8.8 acres including a new 40,000 square foot club building, 1,200 square foot kids recreation center, 1,150 square foot community room, 3,000 square foot spa, 4,500 square foot kitchen and dining area, 4,000 square foot business center with nine overnight lodging rooms. An additional 10,000 square foot of common areas would be included. Also a 2,700 square foot aquatic center, seven of the existing 13 tennis courts would remain. The eastern 3.9 acres would remain as undeveloped land except for a garden to grow produce for on-site kitchen use.
Chair Commissioner Bonaccorsi recused himself from the discussion since his legal firm has dealings with a proponent company. Vice Chair Lisa Quan relinquished Chair responsibilities to Commissioner Dirk Lorenz. At a steno captioner break, Ms. Quon left the meeting, claiming "illness" and a discussion of a fair and proper procedure to continue ended with agreement to continue comments but defer any decision until the following commission meeting on Thursday, October 25. Absent commissioners were to be instructed to view the meeting by streaming video at www.fremont.gov and any questions of previous speakers could be directed to Save Kimber Park Co-Chair Christina Broadwin if those speaking at this meeting could not attend the following meeting.
Save Kimber Park advocates, mostly residents of the area, were adamantly opposed to the project, calling it a commercial development that would not be practical or fit within the character of the neighborhood. It was seen as a ruse to allow at least a portion of the land to remain outside the recently adopted Open Space Initiative and subsequent Fremont ordinance. Due to the sudden absence of commission member Quan during the meeting, comment were accepted but the item was continued until the October 25 meeting.
Chair David Bonaccorsi Absent (Recuse)
Vice Chair Lisa Quan Present/Absent
Raj Salwan Present
Roman Reed Absent
Yogi Chugh Present
Ed Pentaleri Present
Dirk Lorenz Present