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June 25, 2013 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

June 18, 2013

Work Session:
Presentation and update of City Center Precise Plan and Form Based Zoning Code. A Precise Plan outlines the vision and policies, illustrating the implementation of the area. Using form based zoning allows developers to focus on resulting look of structures in context of the area. Multiple owners and a large number of assets give limited opportunities in the short term. The vision is of a strong identity including pedestrian oriented, vibrant retail area with a strong connection to BART. Development will be "opportunistic" over time. Planning will be divided into "sub-areas" of BART Station "transit-oriented," Urban Office, transition and neighborhood. Ideas will cover size, scale, circulation, signage, parking, connections. Ongoing public and staff review is anticipated through July, September Planning Commission Public Hearing and a City Council Public Hearing in October.

Regular Session:

Consent Calendar:
Warm Springs feasibility study and conceptual design contract with Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. for West Side Access Bridge at BART station in an amount not-to-exceed $434,740. Preliminary design work for infrastructure-related projects in an amount not-to-exceed $86,526.

Amend agreement with Allied Waste Industries/Republic Services for redirection commercial recyclables to Fremont Recycling and Transfer Station. Settlement payments of $483,720 from FY 2012/13 and $291,099 for FY 2012/13 and FY 2013/14. Incorporate $41,700 per month settlement beginning Jan 1, 2014.

Approve two-year Memorandum of Understanding with Professional Engineers & Technicians Association

Approve two-year Memorandum of Understanding with Operating Engineers Local Union #3

Ceremonial Items:
Proclamation honoring Brigadier General Garrett Yee

Public Communications:
Reminder of Fourth of July parade and request that the City of Fremont defray some of the costs.
Issue of homeless encampment at Alameda Creek

Scheduled Items:
Public Hearing of Warm Springs Boulevard improvements.
Vote: 4-0-1 (Salwan - recuse)

Public Hearing to approve General Plan amendment fro low density residential to low-medium residential. Neighbors on Alice Ct. do not want a pedestrian connection and have issues with homeless access through their neighborhood.
Approve environmental impact statement
Find conformance with City planning and that change is logical and suitable
Find relevant provisions are in conformance with General Plan

Vote: 4-1 (Bacon votes Nay)

Straw vote (advisory only) on:
Density changes
Approve preliminary and precise plans
Find planned subdivision is consistent with goals, policies and objectives of General Plan

Vote: 4-1 (Bacon votes Nay)

Public Hearing to consider abandonment of 7 acres park land on Palm Avenue and dedication of 14.6 acres of park land at Isherwood Way.
Discussion of need and requirements for a park vs open space at Isherwood. Neighbors expressed objections due to parking, need for another park (Quarry Lakes is across the street) and intrusion on the current status. Staff noted that the land would be used for a "linear park" with little change. Parks and Recreation Commission recommendation that some monies from the sale of Palm Avenue land be set aside for operations of the remaining park land was discussed and the amount and feasibility was set aside until a later date.

Vote: 4-0-1 (Salwan recuse)

Mayor Bill Harrison Aye
Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan Aye
Suzanne Lee Chan Aye
Vinnie Bacon Aye/Nay
Raj Salwan Aye/Recuse

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