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March 12, 2013 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

March 5, 2013


Work Session:
Staff presentation, followed by public comment and Council discussion, of Warm Springs/South Fremont community plan including land use alternatives, infrastructure and financial assessments.


STAFF - Dubbed an "Innovation District," land is envisioned as a employment hub with a mixed environment: residential, commercial and industrial uses anchored by BART, iconic structures and innovation hubs. A community plan will be developed based on previous studies (Economic Development and Urban Land Institute) and the desire to create a visionary 21st Century workplace. Integration of residential development presents a significant challenge but is a starting point for the plan.

A Draft Community Plan will consider the needs of the study area as a whole, focusing on near term opportunities including a critical mass of 2,500 - 4,000 units of 30-70 dwelling units/acre probably phased over time. Planning components - Community Plan, Zoning, Environmental Impact Report (EIR) - will be considered concurrently.

Reviews will be presented through 2013 with target of Final EIR, December 2013.


PUBLIC COMMENT
Consider areas near the BART station for residential development to create a "there, there."
Housing should include affordable housing


COUNCIL
Natarajan
Define 21st Century workplace; what is it?
First projects will set the tone for the area
Stress bold vision and identity
Recognize the challenge of inward and outward focus of tenants
Planning should be suggestive, not prescriptive
Focus on "livable density"

Bacon
Will market dictate staging of development?
Possibility of including an educational facility, meeting center, conference center
Set specific zoning guidelines

Chan
Remember to focus on area as an employment center

Harrison
Challenges of converting area from industrial to Transit Oriented Development


Mayor Bill Harrison Aye
Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan Aye
Suzanne Lee Chan Aye
Vinnie Bacon Aye
Raj Salwan Absent



Council Meeting

Consent:
Approve on-Call professional services geotechnical consultant contract with Ninyo and Moore Geotechnical and Environmental Science Consultants in an annual amount not-to-exceed $150,000 per year for three years and two additional one-year terms.

Appoint PFM asset Management LLC to provide investment advisory services for a three year contract with the option for three one-year extensions.

Approve Planning Commission text amendment to clarify Private Open Space General Plan land use description and minor edits/corrections.


Ceremonial:
Proclaim March as American Red Cross month


Council Referrals:
Recognize Earth Hour Challenge: Turn off unnecessary lights on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Consider other City actions with the Earth Hour City Challenge by "taking innovation actions towards creating a greener, cleaner and more sustainable city." More information about Earth Hour at www.earthhour.org



Adjournment in memory of Coach Jim Ingram and two Santa Cruz police officers who died in line of duty.

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