City of Emeryville May 2017 Highlights: Cannabis Regulations, FWW Implementation & Committee Liaisons

Published On July 25, 2017 | By The City of Emeryville | Local Government, News & Commentary, Politics

The City of Emeryville provides a monthly progress report outlining significant developments and milestones that occurred throughout the period. Among these highlights for April from meetings conducted on April 4th, 18th and 27th. Please note that the summaries provided are taken directly from the text of these reports.

The City Council passed two ordinances to regulate cannabis businesses, one amending the Planning Regulations to create the Cannabis Sales and Cannabis Manufacturing use classifications, and one amending Title 5 of the Municipal Code to create an Operator’s Permit.

The Council also approved a Request for Qualifications/Proposals for an affordable senior housing project on the former Recreation Center site at 43rd Street and San Pablo Avenue, a Façade Improvement Grant Program, and a contract with Mills College for Fair Workweek outreach and education.

The Planning Commission held second study sessions on the Final Development Plans for the proposed buildings and parks and open space of the Sherwin Williams Planned Unit Development.

A Minor Conditional Use Permit and Design Review permit was approved for reuse of the Atrium Building at 1650 65th Street for light manufacturing by Zymergen, a local biotechnology company.

The building permit for the 3706 San Pablo Avenue affordable housing project was approved and is ready-to-issue upon payment of fees.

Final certificates of occupancy were issued for the three Parc on Powell residential/retail buildings at Powell and Hollis Streets, and a final inspection was approved for the adjacent Papermill Park.

The Emeryville Greenway has been selected for a Merit Award from the American Planning Association California Chapter Northern Section, which will be presented on June 2.

Staff was notified by the California Arts Council that Emeryville has been selected as a semifinalist for designation as a California Cultural District. A site visit is scheduled for May 15.

The Alameda County Transportation Commission has awarded Emeryville $4.18 million for transportation projects over the next two years.

In April, staff attended a Bay Area Planning Directors Association meeting, a Biocom open house, a California Association for Local Economic Development training session, and TransForm’s Transportation Equity Summit in Sacramento.


April 4th Council Meeting:

Cannabis Regulations

The City Council passed the second reading of two ordinances to regulate cannabis businesses in Emeryville. These include amendments to the Planning Regulations that create two new use classifications, Cannabis Sales and Cannabis Manufacturing, and include locational criteria and permitting procedures for each; and amendments to Title 5 of the Municipal Code to create an Operators’ Permit. The Planning Regulations ordinance will take effect on May 4, and the Operators’ Permit ordinance will take effect on September 1.


April 18th Council Meeting:

Development Impact Fees

The Council approved the annual increase in development impact fees, based on the Engineering News Record Construction Cost Index for San Francisco. This includes the Parks and Recreation Facility Impact Fee, the Transportation Facility Impact Fee, and the Affordable Housing Impact Fee. This year’s increase was 0.44% and will take effect on July 1st.

The April 18th City Council meeting discussion can be viewed above at [01:36:48].

Housing Committee Appointment

The City Council appointed Marchelle Huggins to fill a vacant position on the Housing Committee for a term ending on June 30, 2018.

The April 18th City Council meeting discussion can be viewed above at [01:57:03].

4300 San Pablo Avenue

The Council reviewed and approved the release of a Request for Qualifications/Proposals for development of an affordable senior housing project on the former site of the temporary Recreation Center at the corner of 43rd Street and San Pablo Avenue.

The April 18th City Council meeting discussion can be viewed above at [01:44:05].

Fair Workweek Implementation

Staff provided the Council with an update on implementation of the Fair Workweek Ordinance, including an overview of the procurement process used to solicit proposals from consultant firms to assist with implementation. As part of the update, staff outlined how the implementation support scope of work was divided into three components:

  1. A legal support contract for drafting of regulations
  2. An outreach and education contract
  3. An enforcement and administration contract

Staff recommended approval of a contract for outreach and education with Mills College. The Council continued the item to the special meeting scheduled for April 27, and established an ad-hoc subcommittee consisting of Council Members Martinez and Medina to meet with Mills College to discuss the specifics of the outreach contract.

The April 18th City Council meeting discussion can be viewed above at [33:15].

Façade Improvement Grant Program

The Council was to have considered a Façade Improvement Grant Program but decided to continue it to their May 16 meeting, following the planned joint study session with the Planning Commission on small businesses, which will provide an opportunity to hear relevant feedback from the community.

Lead Safety

The Council passed the first reading of an ordinance adding lead safety provisions to the Building Regulations to reinforce existing Federal law.

The April 18th City Council meeting discussion can be viewed above at [01:58:25].

City Council Liaisons to Committees

The Council amended their Rules of Procedures to reinstate City Council liaison positions to advisory committees and then appointed Council.

The April 18th City Council meeting discussion can be viewed above at [02:04:45].


April 27th Council Meeting:

Fair Workweek Implementation

At a special meeting, the Council approved a contract with
Mills College for Fair Workweek outreach and education. They continued a discussion about a
last-minute proposal that was submitted by the Center for Popular Democracy and the Alliance
of Californians for Community Empowerment to a future Council meeting.

The April 27th City Council meeting discussion can be viewed above at [02:41].

View the entire report on Emeryville.org →

About The Author

employs a Council-Manager form of Municipal Government where the five elected council people appoint a professional city manager to carry out day-to-day administrative operations. Emeryville is a 1.2 square mile city located in Alameda County and founded in 1896. It has an estimated population of 11,721 as of 2016.

Leave a Reply