City of Emeryville August 2018 Highlights: Smoking Pollution Control Ordinance, Airport Home Appliance Opening Shellmound Location

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The City of Emeryville provides a monthly progress report outlining significant developments and milestones that occurred throughout the period. The Council typically holds recess for the month of August although they held a brief one-hour meeting on Friday, August 3rd to attend to several time-sensitive items. Councilmember Martinez was not present with an excused absence although a quorum was achieved.

The city held a second reading of its Smoking Pollution Control Ordinance that would ban smoking within multi-unit housing in the city. The subsequent September approval of this ordinance made Emeryville the 47th city in California to adopt a law prohibiting smoking in multi-unit housing.

Emeryville city staff met with two developers interested in buying and developing the Novartis owned parcels along Horton. Novartis recently laid off about half of their Emeryville staff and announced their intent to sell all of their Emeryville properties. Novartis holds entitlements for a 200 ft. tower and up to 125 ft. garage at the site currently being used as an Emery Go-Round bus yard. Any future development would require approval of Final Development Plans by the Planning Commission and City Council.

Noted in the Planning Division summaries is the issuance of a Minor Conditional Use Permit application to Airport Home Appliance for a retail store at 5815 Shellmound Street. Airport Home Appliance stores are showrooms for home appliances and mattresses and have six location throughout the Bay Area.

The city is implementing code enforcement and abatement actions on the absentee property owner of a blighted residential property at 1270 64th street. The interior of the vacant property was inspected and found to be in a severe state of neglect including lead paint concerns and structural damage.

Please note that the summaries provided below are taken directly from the text of these reports.


August Highlights of The Month

New Planning Commissioners Jonathan Hidalgo and C. Tito Young were sworn into office at the August 23 Commission meeting, and Linda Barrera and Miguel Guerrero were elected Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, for 2018-19.

The Commission held a study session on draft concept options for the 40th and San Pablo Bus Hub, to improve conditions for bus riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians while accommodating motor vehicles.

Building permit applications for the first two new buildings of the Sherwin Williams project were received on August 6.

Construction of the Marketplace Parcel B retail and garage building has been put in abeyance due to the overall financing of the Marketplace project. In August, staff met with the developer to discuss a proposed modification of the building to include office space. This will require Planning Commission approval of a modified Final Development Plan for Parcel B.

Staff met with two developers who are interested in buying and developing the Novartis parcels of the Chiron Planned Unit Development (PUD). This will require Planning Commission approval of Final Development Plans for each building, and modification of the Preliminary Development Plan by the City Council if changes to the PUD are proposed.

The Chief Building Official, City Attorney’s Office, and other City staff put considerable effort into code enforcement and abatement actions in August for two blighted properties: a residential parcel at 1270 64 th Street, and the “Nady Site” at 6701 Shellmound Street.

The well-attended quarterly business networking event, “Bayside Business Bash”, was held at the Emeryville Marina on August 22.

The East Bay Municipal Utility District has reported that Emeryville achieved 100% compliance in its private sewer lateral program in fiscal year 2017-18, a rare achievement ensuring that private sewer laterals are leak-free and not contributing to wastewater overflow to the Bay.


View the entire progress report on Emeryville.org →



August 3rd Council Meeting

The Council normally does not meet in August, but held a brief meeting on August 3 to deal with several time-sensitive items. There were no Community Development-related items on the agenda

Special Order of the Day

Swearing-In of new Police Sergeant Michael Lee (Chief Tejada)

The presentation for this item can be viewed above at [0:44].

PBID Annual Assessment (Public Hearing)

Resolution Of The City Council Of The City Of Emeryville Establishing The Fiscal Year 2018-19 Property and Business Improvement District (PBID) Annual Assessment Levy For The Respective Parcels Within The Improvement District With An Increase Of 3% On All Parcels And Approving The Preliminary Budget Submitted By The Emeryville Transportation Management Association (TMA) For Service Year 2019.

The presentation for this item can be viewed above at [22:05].

Smoking Pollution Control Ordinance (Action Item)

Second Reading Of An Ordinance Of The City Council Of The City Of Emeryville Repealing And Replacing Chapter 29 of Title 5 Of The Emeryville Municipal Code, “Smoking Pollution Control.” Resolution Of The City Council Of The City Of Emeryville Authorizing the City Manager to Execute A Memorandum Of Understanding Between The City of Emeryville And The County Of Alameda Public Health Department Regarding Provision of Education and Outreach for City’s Smoking Pollution Control Ordinance.


The presentation for this item can be viewed above at [25:03].

Cannabis Business License Tax Measure (Action Item)

Consideration Of City Council Ballot Argument In Favor Of Cannabis Business License Tax Measure For November 6, 2018 Election.

The presentation for this item can be viewed above at [58:16].

Download the August 3rd Council Meeting Agenda →

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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