AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION
for
Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 7:00 PM
North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue

This meeting is held in a wheelchair accessible location.

Please click here for a PDF version of the Agenda 

 

See “MEETING PROCEDURES” below.

All written materials identified on this agenda are available on the Planning Commission webpage: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=13072 

PRELIMINARY MATTERS

  1. Roll Call
  2. Order of Agenda: The Commission may rearrange the agenda or place additional agendized items on the Consent Calendar.
  3. Public Comment: Comments on subjects not included on the agenda. Speakers may comment on agenda items when the Commission hears those items.
    See “Public Testimony Guidelines” below.
  4. Planning Staff Report:  In addition to the items below, additional matters may be reported at the meeting.
  5. Chairperson’s Report:  Report by Planning Commission Chair.
  6. Committee Reports: Reports by Commission committees or liaisons. In addition to the items below, additional matters may be reported at the meeting.
  7. Approval of Minutes:  Draft minutes of March 25final minutes of February 25.
  8. Future Agenda Items and Other Planning-Related Events:
  • Notice for Southside Community meeting to be held May 6.
  • Notice for Community Discussion about the Anna Head Student Housing Project to be held May 11
  • Notice for TransForm Summit to be held May 16

CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS: See “Consent Calendar Guidelines” below.

  • None.

AGENDA ITEMS: Matters for discussion and possible action.

 9.

Action

Public Hearing: Tentative Tract Map 7990, 700 University

 

Staff Recommendation/

Commission action:

Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion approve Vesting Tentative Tract Map 7990, a 175-unit condominium project at 700 University Avenue.

 

Written Materials:

Report attached.

 

Web Information:

None.

 

Continued From:

None.


10. 

Discussion

Southside Plan Revisions Project Update 

 

Staff Recommendation/

Commission action:

Staff presentation on Plan revisions, changes to the Plan-proposed zoning amendments, and the public review process.

 

Written Materials:

Report attached.

 

Web Information:

http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=420 

 

Continued From:

None.

 11.

Action

Set Hearing: Zoning Amendments to Encourage Economic Development in Downtown 

 

Staff Recommendation/

Commission action:

Consider proposals to amend zoning in the downtown to encourage economic development, provide feedback to staff, and set for a Public Hearing on May 27.

 

Written Materials:

Report attached.

 

Web Information:

None.

 

Continued From:

None.

ADDITIONAL AGENDA ITEMS: In compliance with Brown Act regulations, no action may be taken on these items.  However, discussion may occur at this meeting upon Commissioner request.

Information Reports:

12. Presentation slides from 4-16-09 HAC community meeting on Berkeley’s housing needs.

Communications:   (See “Procedures for correspondence to the Commissioners,” below).

  • Memorandum from City Manager Phil Kamlarz regarding sponsorship of community events, April 8, 2009.

Late Communications received at previous meetings (available by request from the Planning Department and on the Planning Commission website by date received):

  • Email from Rick Auerbach re: WEBAIC position on interchageablity in West Berkeley, received March 25, 2009
  • West Berkeley Project March 2009 Stakeholder Meetings Summary Comments, received March 25, 2009
  • Letter from Daved Bowman regarding West Berkeley, received March 25, 2009
  • Letter from Barbara Bowman regarding West Berkeley, received March 25, 2009
  • WEBAIC positions on West Berkeley Project Zoning issues, received March 25, 2009
  • Staff presentation on West Berkeley Project, received March 25, 2009
  • Letter from Darrell de Tienne regarding West Berkeley Project, findings and recommendations related to MUP, received March 25, 2009
  • Item 10 Staff Report: Revisions to Downtown Area Plan and General Plan Amendment Recommendations, dated April 9, 2009 
  • Item 10-11 Final Plan Study Area Figures, dated April 15, 2009  
  • Sidebars Compiled  
  • Letter from John English regarding Needed Corrections to Downtown Area Plan-related General Plan Amendments, dated April 13, 2009  
  • Letter from Clifford Fred: Put the Brakes on the Downtown Area Plan, dated April 9, 2009  
  • Email from John Niles regarding new City of Berkeley plan, dated April 9, 2009  
  • Letter from Stephen Wollmer regarding Correction for General Plan Amendment, dated April 13, 2009  
  • Final EIR for the Downtown Area Plan 
  • Letter from Jenny Wenk, former member of DAPAC, re: Your Current Downtown Area Plan, dated April 15, 2009  
  • Email from Jay Claiborne re: Final Hearing on the Downtown Plan, dated April 15, 2009 

MEETING PROCEDURES

Public Testimony Guidelines
Speakers are customarily allotted up to three minutes each.  The Commission Chair may limit the number of speakers and the length of time allowed to each speaker to ensure adequate time for all items on the Agenda.  To speak during Public Comment or during a Public Hearing, please submit a speaker card to the Secretary by 7:15 p.m., or at the Planning Department zoning counter by 5:00 p.m. (2120 Milvia Street).  Customarily speakers are asked to address agenda items when the items are before the Commission rather than during the general public comment period.

Speakers are encouraged to submit comments in writing.  See “Procedures for correspondence to the Commissioners” below.

Consent Calendar Guidelines
The Consent Calendar allows the Commission to take action with no discussion on projects to which no one objects. The Commission may place items on the Consent Calendar if no one present wishes to testify on an item.  Anyone present who wishes to speak on an item should submit a speaker card prior to the start of the meeting, or raise his or her hand and advise the Chairperson, and the item will be pulled from the consent calendar for public comment and discussion prior to action.  

Procedures for correspondence to the Commissioners:

  • To distribute correspondence to Commissioners prior to the meeting date -- submit comments by 12:00 noon, seven (7) days before the meeting.  Please provide 15 copies of any correspondence with more than ten (10) pages.
  • Any correspondence received after this deadline will be given to Commissioners on the meeting date just prior to the meeting.
  • Staff will not deliver to Commissioners any additional written (or email) materials received after 12:00 noon on the day of the meeting. 
  • Members of the public may submit written comments themselves early in the meeting.  To distribute correspondence at the meeting, please provide 15 copies and submit to the Planning Commission Secretary just before or at the beginning of the meeting.
  • Written comments should be directed to the Planning Commission Secretary at the Land Use Planning Division (Attn: Planning Commission Secretary).

Written material may be viewed in advance of the meeting at the Planning and Development Department, 2118 Milvia Street, First Floor, during working hours or at the Main Branch Library, Shattuck/Kittredge Streets, during regular library hours at the Reference Desk. 

Accommodations Provided Upon Request. To request a disability-related accommodation(s) to participate in the meeting, including auxiliary aids or services, please contact the Disability Services specialist at 981-6346(V) or 981-7075 (TDD) at least three business days before the meeting date. 

Note:  If you object to a project or to any City action or procedure relating to the project application, any lawsuit which you may later file may be limited to those issues raised by you or someone else in the public hearing on the project, or in written communication delivered at or prior to the public hearing.  The time limit within which to commence any lawsuit or legal challenge related to these applications is governed by Section 1094.6 of the Code of Civil Procedure, unless a shorter limitations period is specified by any other provision.  Under Section 1094.6, any lawsuit or legal challenge to any quasi‑adjudicative decision made by the City must be filed no later than the 90th day following the date on which such decision becomes final. Any lawsuit or legal challenge, which is not filed within that 90‑day period, will be barred.

 

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