REGULAR MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION
This meeting is held in a wheelchair accessible location.
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November 18, 2009, 7:00 PM
North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue
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
- Roll call
- Order of Agenda: The Commission may rearrange the agenda or place additional agendized items on the Consent Calendar.
- 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.
- Planning Staff Report: In addition to the items below, additional matters may be reported at the meeting.
- Chairperson’s Report: Report by Planning Commission Chair.
- Committee Reports: Reports by Commission committees or liaisons. In addition to the items below, additional matters may be reported at the meeting.
- Approval of Minutes: Draft minutes of October 28 and November 4, 2009 (attached).
- Future Agenda Items and Other Planning-Related Events (attached).
Memo regarding 2010 meeting dates to be delivered.
CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS: See “Consent Calendar Guidelines” below.
Agenda Items: All matters are for discussion and possible action. Public Hearing items require hearing prior to Commission action.
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.
12. Information regarding the BRT draft Locally Preferred Alternative for the December 9, 2009 Planning Commission meeting
- Email from Suzanne Carey regarding the West Berkeley Project, November 4, 2009.
- Email from Harry Wiener regarding the West Berkeley Project, November 7, 2009.
- Response to Commissioner comments re: the Helios project from Rob Gayle, AIA, Associate Vice Chancellor - Project Management, Facilities Services - Capital Projects, UC Berkeley, November 10, 2009.
Late Communications received after distribution of the November 18 agenda packet:
- Letter regarding West Berkeley flexibility from Norheim and Yost, received November 18, 2009
- Presentation slides titled “2009 Housing Element, Review of policy changes,” dated November 18, 2009 Late revisions to Memorandum Re: West Berkeley – direction for drafting zoning language for uses and definitions and MUP from Commissioners Stoloff and Pollack, received November 18, 2009
- Late staff report titled Industrial and R & D Lease Rates in West Berkeley from Michael Caplan, Berkeley Economic Development Manager, received November 18, 2009
- Revisions to Policies of the Housing Element after 9/23/09 Planning Commission review, from Planning Department staff, received November 18, 2009
- Testimony re: November 11 draft memorandum by David Stoloff and Harry Pollock from Dan Knapp, received November 18, 2009
Late Communications handed out at a previous meeting (copies available from the Berkeley Planning Department office, 981-7410).
- Draft Agenda for 11/4/09 West Berkeley Project Combined Planning Commission and Stakeholder Meeting, received October 28, 2009.
- Presentation slides titled “Berkeley Ferry Terminal Project: Responses to 10-14-09 Planning Commission Comments,” received October 28, 2009.
- Table prepared by Brad Smith titled “Estimated subsidy per passenger trip for the five new WETA regional routes,” received October 28, 2009.
- News article from the Berkeley Daily Planet titled “A White Elephant Ferry – in Berkeley?,” received October 28, 2009.
- Packet of materials from Commissioner Poschman titled 'Re: Some current industrial market “facts” and office market “facts” on West Berkeley and their possible meaning,’ received October 28, 2009
- Letter from Mary Lou Van Deventer regarding the West Berkeley Plan and the City’s zero waste policy, received October 28, 2009.
- Packet of materials from Rick Auerbach titled “WEBAIC Analysis: Economic Development Department Employment Statistics”, received October 28, 2009.
- Excerpt from the report titled Managing Change in West Berkeley: Using Local Economic Data To Inform Master use Permit Deliberations from Rick Auerbach, received October 28, 2009.
- Letter from Darrell de Tienne titled “re: Understanding the Important Linkage Between Research and Development and Product Development,” received October 28, 2009.
- Letter from Michael and Steven Goldin regarding the proposed changes for West Berkeley, received October 28, 2009.
- Correspondence between Janice Thomas and Vivian Khan regarding the Panoramic Hill zoning amendments, received October 28, 2009.
- Letter from Janice Thomas titled “Re: Proposed Modifications to Zoning Ordinance for Panoramic Hill,” received October 28, 2009.
- City of Oakland Planning Commission Staff Report dated August 18th, 2004 from Janice Thomas.
- Letter and Map from George Chittenden titled “Letter to the commissioners for Wednesday, 4th of November,” received November 4, 2009.
- Letter from C. Bruce Godfrey titled “Letter in support on New West Berkeley Zoning regulations,” received November 4, 2009.
- Letter from James E. Morris and James B Bohar titled “Re: West Berkeley Project,” received November 4, 2009.
- Letter from Cathleen Quandt titled “Re: West Berkeley MUP,” received November 4, 2009.
- Letter from Rhiannon titled “Planning Commission: West Berkeley Plan,” received November 4, 2009.
- Letter from Patrick Sheahan titled “Fwd: West Berkeley MUP,” received November 4, 2009.
- Letter from Mary B. White regarding the proposed changes to West Berkeley, received November 4, 2009.
- Letter from Martin Bourque regarding the present West Berkeley rezoning Project, received November 4, 2009
- Memo from Michael J. Caplan re: Employment statistics on West Berkeley issued by OED and what they do, and do not, mean, received November 4, 2009
- Staff Recommendations to Planning Commission, dated January 2008, received November 4, 2009
- Letter from Mary Bayard White re: residents and live-work artists in the MUR Fifth and Channing Neighborhood, received November 4, 2009
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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