July 30, 2007

Joint BZA/Planning Meeting August 9 on Changes to Implement the TOD

In a letter sent July 27, 2007, Interim Planning Manager Kathleen Livermore announced a joint meeting of the Board of Zoning Adjustments and Planning Commission on August 9, 2007. The subject of the meeting will be proposed changes to the Zoning Code and General Plan to implement the Downtown San Leandro Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy.

The meeting is scheduled for 7pm and will take place in the Sister Cities Gallery at City Hall at 835 E. 14th Street in San Leandro. The Sister Cities Gallery is to your left as you enter City Hall from E. 14th Street.

The complete text of the letter from the city is below:

Dear Interested Parties:

On August 9, 2007, the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments will hold a Joint Work Session to discuss proposed Zoning Code and General Plan Amendments to implement the Downtown San Leandro Transit-Oriented Development Strategy.

BACKGROUND

In 2005, the City of San Leandro received a $450,000 pilot planning grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to assist local governments in developing land use plans and policies for areas immediately surrounding bus, ferry, and train stations. The City of San Leandro also received a supplemental planning grant of $51,750 from the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA) for the City's matching requirement. The product of both grants is a Downtown Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy ("Strategy") to foster transit-oriented development and to revitalize downtown San Leandro.

Over a fifteen month period, the City Council-appointed Downtown San Leandro Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) met to guide the planning process and to assist in the development of the Downtown San Leandro TOD Strategy.

Comprehensive land use policies have been developed along with a detailed land use map that reflect the benefits of enhanced bus service through downtown and improved connectivity to the BART system. Selected opportunity sites have been studied to provide more specific guidance for future development.

The purpose of the work session is to receive input from the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments on proposed Zoning Code and General Plan Amendments that would implement the Downtown TOD Strategy.

The Public Review Draft Strategy is available for review at City Hall or in the San Leandro Main Library. A Draft Environmental Impact Report had a 45-day review period from June 5 to July 19, 2007. The Planning Commission public hearing on the DEIR was held on July 12, 2007. A Final Environmental Impact Report, which responds to comments on the Draft EIR, is now being prepared. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to make a recommendatIon to the City Council on the Final Environmental Impact Report(FEIR), the TOD Strategy and the implementing Zoning Code and General Plan Amendments on August 23, 2007. To hear the discussion regarding the Zoning Code and General Plan Amendments to implement the Downtown Transit-Oriented Development Strategy, we encourage you to attend the joint Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Adjustments Work Session at 7:00 p.m., on August 9, 2007, in the Sister Cities Gallery in City Hall, at 835 East 14th Street, San Leandro.

For further information concerning the Strategy, please visit our website at http://www.ci.sanleandro.ca.us/CDTODOview.asp. For specific questions, please contact Kathleen Livermore, Interim Planning Manager at (510) 577-3350 between the hours or 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM or via email at klivermore@ci.san-leandro.ca.us. For general questions, please contact Nina Hinton, Administrative Assistant at (510) 577- 3415 or email at nhinton@ci.san-leandro.ca.us.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Livermore, Interim Planning Manager
Community Development Department

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