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April 11, 2017 > Fremont Development Digest

Fremont Development Digest

Submitted By Economic Development, City of Fremont

Update to zoning and design guidelines for neighborhoods
In response to concerns from the community regarding oversized home additions and the redevelopment of older homes with new homes that are out of scale and character with the neighborhood, Fremont's City Council has asked the City's Planning Division to do the following:

¥ Evaluate existing zoning standards including but not limited to: maximum height, minimum setbacks, maximum lot coverage and/or floor area allowances, bulk and/or overall size of additions, and substantially reconstructed or rebuilt homes within single-family zoned areas of the city.
¥ Evaluate design rules and guidelines in an effort to develop refined tools to address the compatibility with surrounding neighborhood homes and preserve overall neighborhood character.
¥ Evaluate solar access protections to ensure that the CityÕs long term sustainability goals can be achieved.
¥ Evaluate potential alternative zoning or design tools (e.g., specialized zoning, conservation districts or historic districts, and/or specialized design guidelines) for neighborhoods that have unique characteristics or design features.

To help facilitateÊthe evaluation process, two community meetings will be held to review current issues, brainstorm ideas and possible concept solutions, and explore options. Please note that both meetings will cover the same information so you may choose to attend either meeting:

Wednesday, April 12, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Development Services Center
Niles Conference Room
39550 Liberty Street, Fremont

For more information, please visit ourÊCity webpageÊconcerning this topic.

For questions or comments, please contact Community Development Director Jeff Schwob at JSchwob@fremont.gov, or call (510) 494-4527.


Fire station goes green with solar and battery storage
If your commute takes you on I-880 in south Fremont, you have most likely seenÊFire Station #11, our bright red fire station right off the freeway on Lakeview Boulevard. Fire Station #11Ênow has a new feature that you may have noticed, a solar carport structure.ÊThe project is a public-private partnership between the City of Fremont, the Fremont-based company Gridscape Solutions, and the California Energy Commission. In addition to solar panels, the project includes the installation of battery storage technology. The goal is to show that facilities can operate off of the grid in the case of an emergency; the added benefit is that the City will save significantly on utilities by generating solar energy and by utilizing battery power instead of grid power at peak usage times. Similar systems are planned for two other Fremont fire stations in the near future.


Central Commons project kicks off
Construction crews have started preparing the site of the new Central Commons affordable housing project in the Centerville District! This 30-home development is a partnership between the City of Fremont and Habitat for Humanity and gives low-income families the opportunity to own their own home in Fremont. Homeowners are selected based on their ability to pay, need for housing, and willingness to partner and contribute numerous hours of Òsweat equityÓ into the construction of their home.

Central Commons will includeÊhigh quality, energy efficient condo-style homes with several different floorplans. The complex will also feature private decks and balconies, a large community area, and garage parking with added storage. Central Commons will beÊlocated on Central Avenue, which offers quick access to BART, Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), AC Transit, I-880, and I-680.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Habitat homeowner, please visit theÊCentral Commons webpageÊfor more information, including a link to the pre-application.


Hot topics for homeownersÊ
Spring is here and so is the warmer weather. This is the perfect time to assessÊyour home and find ways to make it more energy efficient. There are simple and cost effective upgrades you can make to your home that will help you save money and become more environmentally-friendly. See some suggestions below:

¥ Instead of using fans and air conditioning that waste energy, keep your house cool with new insulation and by re-caulking your windows and doors.
¥ Change out all your light bulbs to energy saving LED light bulbs. Not only are they just a quarter of the energy use of incandescent bulbs, but they also produce less heat, keeping your home cooler during the summer.
¥ Dirty air filters kill your AC's efficiency (and harm air quality!), so if you are using AC, install new filters at the beginning of the season and be sure to check them monthly to ensure they are still in good condition.
¥ If you are turning on your irrigation system for the first time this year, ensure timers are set appropriately so you do not waste water. Also, check your sprinkler heads and drip irrigation lines to make sure you do notÊhave any breaks or leaks!

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