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Public Hearings     |     City Council Agendas & Summaries


Public Hearings for December 12, 2000 include:

1.     CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING OF THE APPEAL OF A PLANNING COMMISSION DECISION TO CONDITIONALLY APPROVE TENTATIVE PARCEL MAP 6924 FOR THE CONVERSION OF FOUR RENTAL UNITS TO FOUR CONDOMINIUM UNITS AT 1177-83 DELAWARE STREET.

2.   PROPOSED FILING FEE – RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS CERTIFICATION OF GAS HEATING APPLIANCES

3.   PROPOSED FEE INCREASE – TUOLUMNE CAMP

4.   PROPOSED FEES FOR INSTALLATION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT

5.   AMENDMENT OF BERKELEY MUNICIPAL CODE TO REGULATE INSTALLATION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT

 

 


 

 

 

1.     CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING OF THE APPEAL OF A PLANNING COMMISSION DECISION TO CONDITIONALLY APPROVE TENTATIVE PARCEL MAP 6924 FOR THE CONVERSION OF FOUR RENTAL UNITS TO FOUR CONDOMINIUM UNITS AT 1177-83 DELAWARE STREET.

Kenneth Schmier, applicant, and David Darlington, tenant, have appealed the Planning Commission's decision conditionally approving Tentative Parcel Map 6924 for the conversion of four rental units to four condominium units at 1177-83 Delaware Street. For further information, contact Xandra Grube, 705-8115.


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2.   PROPOSED FILING FEE – RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS CERTIFICATION OF GAS HEATING APPLIANCES

The City of Berkeley Housing Department is proposing a filing fee charge to owners of tenant-occupied buildings in Berkeley under a new Program (Certification of Gas Heating Appliances Program) which requires certification as to the proper functioning of gas heating appliances in Berkeley’s rental units. 

 The Program requires rental property owners to have all gas heating appliances and their venting systems evaluated by a licensed mechanical contractor or by a gas/electric utility company every three years.  Newly constructed residential rental units are exempt under this proposal for the first five years following issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy.  Under this Program, property owners will be required to submit compliance documentation to the City of Berkeley and pay a filing fee which is being proposed as follows:

 

·        With the exception of rooming and lodging house units, rental property owners shall be charged a $12.00 filing fee for each rental unit subject to the certification provision of the Program.

 

·        Owners of rooming and lodging houses shall be charged a $12.00 filing fee for the first six (6) rooms within a rooming house complex subject to the certification provision of the Program and $2.00 for each additional room.

 

The proposed filing fee is intended to assist the City in recovering the costs to administer the Program.  The proposed fee will generate approximately $50,000 per year in revenue.  For further information, contact Mr. Carlos Romo, Supervising Housing Inspector, at 644-6445.


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3.  PROPOSED FEE INCREASE – TUOLUMNE CAMP

The City of Berkeley is proposing an increase in fees for 2001 at Tuolumne Camp to cover the higher costs of operating the facilities.  The 2001 fees for Tuolumne Camp would increase by one dollar for adults and one dollar for youth categories, which represents a 2.75% increase in fees.

For more information, contact David Poock at 644-6520.


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4.  PROPOSED FEES FOR INSTALLATION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT

The City of Berkeley is proposing fees to telecommunications companies as part of the City's new Telecommunications Ordinance.  The Ordinance requires that all telecommunications companies register with the City with information about their five year plans for systems and equipment installation both in the public right-of-way and also on private property.  The administrative costs for these registrations and renewals will be recovered by the Administrative Fees below. 

 

Those companies not exempt from certain state and federal law pertaining to telecommunications will be required to pay compensation to the City for use of the right-of-way, which are described by the License or Franchise Fee below.  A company using the right-of-way to provide services within Berkeley will be charged a Franchise Fee.  A company using the right-of-way but not providing services within Berkeley will be charged a License Fee. 

 

All companies will be required to pay fees for telecommunications engineering permits to recover actual costs of the installation and excavation plan review as well as inspection of projects in the right-of-way. 

 

The fee schedule is as follows:

Administrative Fees

Initial Registration Fee:                     $1,014

Annual Renewal Fee:                       $5,337

Annual License or Franchise Fee:     $1.80 to $3.75 per lineal foot.

Telecommunications Engineering Permit Fees:

Permit Review Fee:      $134 minimum per Permit.  $0.67 per lineal foot after the 1st 200 feet.

Inspection Fee:            $130 minimum per Permit.  $0.65 per lineal foot after the 1st 200 feet.

USA Marking Fee:      $130 minimum per Permit.  $0.65 per lineal foot after the 1st 200 feet.


 
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5.  AMENDMENT OF BERKELEY MUNICIPAL CODE TO REGULATE INSTALLATION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT


Recommendation: Amend the Berkeley Municipal Code to add new Chapter 16.10 and amend Title 23 (Zoning Ordinance) to regulate the installation of telecommunications systems and equipment. The proposed Chapter 16.10 will regulate the installation of telecommunications systems that use streets, public rights-of-way, easements, or other public property and require registration for telecommunications use of private property.

 The ordinance will require all telecommunications carriers with infrastructure in Berkeley, whether on public or private property, to register with the City. All new work by registered telecommunications providers in the City’s public rights-of-way or on public property will require a special telecommunications permit. The decision to grant or deny a special telecommunications permit will be based on consideration of factors including damage or disruption to public or private facilities, improvements, aesthetics, travel, or landscaping; cost and disruption of construction within the public right-of-way; and the aesthetic and blighting effect of above-ground facilities. Approval of a permit may be subject to the imposition of conditions related to the timing, method of construction, and location of facilities including limitations on the number, size, and location of above-ground facilities and equipment in order to minimize adverse visual impacts and obstructions. The proposed amendments to Title 23 (Zoning Ordinance) will require approval of an Administrative Use Permit to install a telecommunications pedestal or other enclosure within a required set back.   November 21 through December 12, 2000 are the starting and ending dates of the review period during which the City will receive comments:   

Copies of the Initial Study and referenced documents are available for review in the  Planning and Development Department, 2118 Milvia Street, Third Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704 

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Telephone (510) 981-6900; TDD (510) 981-6903; Fax (510) 981-6901
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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