The City of Emeryville provides a monthly progress report outlining significant developments and milestones that occurred throughout the period.
Among the highlights for the two meetings conducted during the month of November include the issuing of RFP’s for the long-delayed South Bayfront Bridge, the approval of two storefront cannabis dispensary permits and the consideration of Allied Residential taking over development of the approved “Nady” residential project from Anton Development.
In addition, it was revealed that the minor conditional use permit and design review application filed last year to convert the Powell St. Plaza Burger King into an In-N-Out Burger, has been withdrawn.
Please note that the summaries provided below are taken directly from the text of these reports.
November Highlights of The Month
The City Council unanimously approved the Doyle Street Mews project, a six-unit family-friendly ownership housing project on Doyle Street.
The Council held a study session on the Sherwin Williams Park and Open Space Final Development Plan (FDP) and potential credit of the Parks and Recreation Facilities Impact Fee. The Council made comments on the FDP, which will be considered for approval by the Planning Commission in December, and gave direction to staff concerning the fee credit, which will be heard by the Council in January.
The Council considered seven operators who had responded to the Request for Qualifications for cannabis dispensaries/retailers, and selected two, Rochambeau, Inc. and East Bay Therapeutics, as qualified to apply for land use entitlements and operator permits. Meanwhile, three applications for cannabis manufacturing facilities have been submitted and will be considered by the Planning Commission at a special meeting on December 20.
Staff met with Allied Residential, who are considering taking over development of the approved 186-unit residential project on the “Nady” site.
A final Certificate of Occupancy was issued for the Hyatt Place Hotel on November 17; construction of Emeryville’s fifth hotel is now officially complete.
Two community meetings on the proposed on-street parking management strategy were held at ECCL on the afternoon and evening of November 16; approximately 42 community members attended.
As of November 30, 25 applications had been received in response to the call for entries for public art at the Marina, and 17 applications had been received in response to the call for a mural on the Greenway between Powell Street and Stanford Avenue.
Staff was notified of an award of $238,819 from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for operation of the Emery Go-Round Watergate Express shuttle.
View the entire progress report on Emeryville.org →
November 7th Council Meeting
Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 2017-2022. (Special Study Session)
The City Council held a study on the City of Emeryville Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 2017-2022. The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires that all state and local governments develop a hazard mitigation plan as a condition of receiving federal disaster assistance. These plans are required to be updated every five years. There were no public speakers, and the Council had a few clarifying questions and comments. The plan will now be submitted to the State and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for approval, after which it will be brought back to the City Council for adoption.
The discussion for this item can be viewed above at [1:32].
Annual Development Impact Fee Report (Consent Item)
The Council received an informational report on the development impact fees for fiscal year 2016-2017. The State Mitigation Fee Act requires the report to be available to the public for at least 15 days prior to City Council action. The report will be brought back to the Council for approval on December 5.
Agreement for Assessment of Fair Housing (Consent Item)
The City Council authorized the execution of an agreement with Alameda County to conduct an Assessment of Fair Housing (“AFH”). Pursuant to Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirements, jurisdictions that receive HUD funding are required to submit an AFH that identifies fair housing issues, evaluates factors contributing to fair housing issues, and establishes goals to overcome fair housing issues. The goals identified in the AFH must also inform the strategies and actions of the City’s CDBG FiveYear Consolidated Plan and subsequent Action Plans. Emeryville receives HUD funding through the CDBG allocation to the Alameda Urban County; therefore, the County of Alameda, the cities of Alameda, Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, Pleasanton, San Leandro, and Union City, and the Housing Authorities of Alameda County, Alameda, Berkeley, Livermore, and Oakland are seeking to prepare a regional AFH. The agreement provides for Alameda County to take the lead in preparing the AFH for the Alameda Urban County.
South Bayfront Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge (Consent Item)
The Council approved a resolution affirming staff’s abandonment of the pre-qualification process initiated in September because of insufficient information concerning insurance requirements, financial security, project safety, and prior bridge construction experience. Public Works staff anticipates re-issuing a Request for Proposals for Pre-Qualification in November and bringing a request for the City Council to authorize the Public Works Director to solicit bids for the construction of the Project in December. A request for the City Council to authorize award of the construction contract is anticipated for February.
Green Building and Bay-Friendly Landscaping Requirements (Consent Item)
In conjunction with the South Bayfront Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge project, the Council approved a resolution adopting Green Building and Bay-Friendly Landscaping requirements applicable to City projects and
superseding previous requirements.
Doyle Street Mews (Public Hearing)
The Council unanimously approved a Conditional Use Permit and Design Review application to demolish four existing legal residential units and two existing illegal residential units, and to replace them with six new residential condominiums at 5876-5880 Doyle Street. The project was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on September 28.
The discussion for this item can be viewed above at [1:29:06].
Horton Street Protected Bike Lanes (Action Item)
The Council approved the installation of flexible bollards on Horton Street between 53rd and 59th Streets, except for segments that are too narrow, as a protected bike lane pilot project.
The discussion for this item can be viewed above at [1:55:35].
Public Market Short Term Parking (Action Item)
The Council approved the Public Market Short Term Parking Phase II Project, which includes eleven 2-hour parking stalls, two 15-minute parking stalls, one motorcycle parking stall, two valet parking stalls, and one commercial loading/unloading zone along the new, realigned portion of Shellmound Street. The Transportation Committee had recommended approval at its September 21 meeting.
The discussion for this item can be viewed above at [2:22:53].
November 21st Council Meeting
Sherwin Williams Park and Open Space
The Council held a study session on the Sherwin Williams Park and Open Space Final Development Plan (FDP) and potential credit of the Parks and Recreation Facilities Impact Fee. Concerning the FDP, the Council generally liked the overall programming of the park and open spaces. There was a request that the community garden include a toolshed, seating and lighting, and that the plaza area near the art gallery space have moveable furniture. One Council member suggesting adding signs for trees that include edible fruit. The Council felt that the sculpture in the public park should be funded privately but that the selection of the sculpture should include the Public Art Committee (PAC) process. There was mixed opinion on whether to have a full-sized or half-sized basketball court, but the Council decided to defer to the Planning Commission for the final decision, and indicated that, in either case, it should be a regulation-sized court. The Council felt that the fee credit should be given only for the City owned parcel and not for the remainder of the public park and other open areas within the project site.
This item can be viewed above at [1:08].
The City Council reviewed the results of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Emeryville’s first cannabis storefront retailer that meets the City Council’s goals. This was the culmination of several months of work to design a process to select a qualified cannabis retailer. Ultimately, the City Council selected two operators, Rochambeau, Inc. and East Bay Therapeutics, in recognition of the differences in these applicants’ business models. The selected firms are now assembling application packages for land use entitlements from the Planning Commission and operator permits from the Police
This item can be viewed above at [1:26:14].
Mayor and Vice Mayor
The Council elected John Bauters as Mayor and Ally Medina as Vice Mayor, and they were sworn into office.
This item can be viewed above at [2:34:47].