Posted by Alison Wilson on June 20, 2018
Baylands Update & Issue on The Ridge
BY: Mayor W. Clarke Conway, City of Brisbane,
The project that has been on the forefront of everyone’s minds, especially the City Council’s, is of course: the Brisbane Baylands. We had our last Baylands Public Hearing on June 7th where we introduced staff’s proposed language for the General Plan Amendment. This language would ultimately be placed on the November 2018 ballot for a citywide vote. We heard from many engaged citizens that evening on how that draft language could be improved upon, which we welcomed and are currently exploring further. To that end, we are having a couple closed session meetings (one took place on Monday, June 18th, with the other scheduled for Thursday, June 28th). We plan to bring the draft General Plan Amendment language back before the public on Thursday, July 12th, when we’ll be having a special Baylands meeting to review the revised General Plan Amendment and ballot language and again receive input from the public. The following week, Thursday, July 19th, we will have another discussion at the regular City Council Meeting, at which time the City Council could potentially adopt the draft language for the General Plan Amendment and November ballot to send to voters, as well as certify the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Baylands.
Did you know that the EIR for the Baylands is a program EIR vs. a project-level EIR? What’s the difference, you ask? Well, a project-level EIR generally focuses on the environmental changes caused by a development project, including planning, construction, and operation. A program EIR, on the other hand, generally looks at the broad policy of a planning document, i.e., a General Plan, and may not address potential site-specific impacts of the individual projects that may fall within the planning document. That does not mean site-specific impacts won’t be studied – quite the opposite. When the developer submits a new Specific Plan, then that could result in a supplemental/subsequent EIR. A supplemental/subsequent EIR is necessary if there is a change in the project or circumstances, or new information that was not known previously indicates the project will have a significant effect on the environment that wasn’t covered in the previous EIR.
I want to reconfirm to the residents of Brisbane that this City Council remains united in its commitment to make sure that what we put in front of the voters in November will require the developer to:
1. Fully clean up the Baylands to the highest legal standard,
2. Close and cap the landfill to the highest legal standard,
3. Agree to enforceable standards to ensure the land is properly remediated and the landfill closed in compliance with law, and
4. Agree to terms that protect the City financially during and after any development.
Whatever gets built out there on the Baylands needs to feel and look like a real community. And by that, I mean it needs to be safe to have schools, hospitals, daycare facilities, etc. It’s what our residents expect and all of us on the Council are committed to ensuring that type of development standard is achieved (i.e. NOT what happened at Schlage Lock!).
I want to thank those of you who have continued to be engaged in this very lengthy planning process. If you want to keep informed on planning developments, please sign up for our Baylands E-Mail Notification List at: http://brisbaneca.org/baylands-email-list-sign-up-form.
Issue on the Ridge
Another topic of interest to a number of our residents was the issue on the Ridge in the Landmark neighborhood. Our Police Officers, including Sgt. Garay and Sgt. Garcia, attended a community meeting on Friday the 15th where residents were happy to receive factual information from the Police Dept. More than anything, they were relieved to learn that the cases being investigated were not of criminal activity occurring in Brisbane, but elsewhere. Still, our Police Officers will be conducting extra patrols until the house is completely unoccupied by the tenants. I want to encourage the residents to contact the Police Dept. if you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood. The Police oftentimes rely on the residents to be their eyes and ears and have brought bad guys to justice based on a lead from a community member. So remember, if you see something, say something and call Police Non-Emergency Dispatch at (415) 467-1212. If it is an emergency, dial 9-1-1. Thank you for reading, and being an involved citizen!