August 21, 2007

Public Hearing on Downtown Transit-Oriented Development August 23, 2007

On Thursday, August 23, 2007, the San Leandro Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on whether to "make a recommendation to the City Council on certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), adoption of the Downtown Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy and related changes to the San Leandro Zoning Code and Zoning Maps that will introduce new land use regulations and design guidelines that will affect new development in the Downtown Area and will introduce Special Review Overlay Criteria for the development of certain properties within the ½ mile radius of the intersectIon of East 14th and Davis Streets."

The full text of the public notice is available below:

NOTICE OF COMPLETION/AVAILABILITY
OF FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (FEIR) FOR DOWNTOWN SAN LEANDRO
TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT (TOD) STRATEGY

NAME OF PROJECT: Downtown San Leandro Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy (SCH#2006052102)

LOCATION OF PROJECT: The Downtown San Leandro Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy Area is the ½ mile radius around the intersection of East 14th and Davis Streets, representing 502 acres. The Study Area is located in the northern portion of the city and encompasses the downtown core, the downtown BART station area, and the Creekside and Best Manor neighborhoods. The TOD Strategy Area is roughly bounded by East 14th and Georgia Way to the north, Castro Street to the south, Bancroft Avenue to the east, and Orchard Avenue and Davis Street to the west.

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: The City of San Leandro was awarded a $450,000 pilot planning grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and a $51,750 grant from Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA) to study the potential for transit-oriented development (TOD) in the greater downtown area. The study area, hereby referred to as TOD Strategy Area is the ½ mile radius around the intersection of East 14th and Davis Streets, representing 502 acres. This grant recognizes the TOD opportunities offered by both enhanced AC Transit bus service and the existing BART station in the downtown area. The proposed Downtown San Leandro Transit-Oriented Development Strategy (TOD Strategy) establishes a land use framework, a comprehensive circulation system, design and development guidelines, and a series of implementation actions that will guide new development in TOD Strategy Area San Leandro for the next 25 years. The Strategy establishes the policies that developers and the City's Planning and Community Development staff will follow for new projects in the TOD Strategy area, informing them of required or allowable uses, building heights and various elements of building design. Therefore, the TOD Strategy does not represent an actual project involving physical development or improvements. Rather, it proposes regulatory changes to encourage future development within the Strategy Area.

The TOD Strategy Area is substantially developed; however, the Strategy identifies 39 opportunity sites, representing approximately 88 acres, where development could occur over the next 25 or so years (to 2030). An adjustment of an additional 15 percent was used to establish potential maximum development in the Strategy Area of 3,411 residential units, 718,240 square feet of office development and 120,870 square feet of retail development by 2030. Fifteen percent of this development activity is expected to occur by 2015 and 90 percent of development is expected to occur by 2030. The City's existing General Plan, with a horizon year of 2015, anticipated 590 residential units, 781,200 square feet of office development, and 195,300 square feet of retail development. The TOD Strategy "Project" is therefore the amount of potential development for the TOD Strategy Area above and beyond what was envisioned in the General Plan and examined in the General Plan EIR; namely construction of 2,841 residential units.

REPORT AVAILABILITY: This is to certify that a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the project listed above has been prepared by the City of San Leandro, Community Development Department. The report may be found on the City of San Leandro website at: http://www.ci.san-leandro.ca.us/CDTODOview.asp and at the San Leandro Main Library. The Final EIR, Draft EIR, the Public Draft TOD Strategy and other material related to the Downtown TOD Strategy is available for public review on the City website, at the City's Community Development Department at 835 E. 14th Street or at the Main Library. Copies of the FEIR and DEIR may be obtained at the Community Development Department for the cost of reproduction.

PUBLIC REVIEW: The 45-day public review period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) started on June 5 and concluded on July 19, 2007.

PUBLIC HEARING: A public hearing will be held at the Planning Commission's August 23, 2007 meeting. The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council on certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), adoption of the Downtown Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy and related changes to the San Leandro Zoning Code and Zoning Maps that will introduce new land use regulations and design guidelines that will affect new development in the Downtown Area and will introduce Special Review Overlay Criteria for the development of certain properties within the ½ mile radius of the intersectIon of East 14th and Davis Streets.

A public hearing will be held at the September 4, 2007 City Council meeting. The City Council will consider certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), adoption of the Downtown Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy and related changes to the San Leandro Zoning Code and Zoning Maps that will introduce new land use regulations and design guidelines that will affect new development in the Downtown Area and will introduce Special Review Overlay Criteria for the development of certain properties within the ½ mile radius of the intersection of East 14th and Davis Streets.

The hearings will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 835 E. 14th Street, San Leandro. Anyone challenging the item noted above may be limited to addressing only those issues raised in the notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to the close of the comment period.

MORE INFORMATION: For more information on the Final EIR, Draft EIR or on the public hearing process, please contact the following planning staff at the City of San Leandro Community Development Department: Kathleen Livermore at (510) 577-3350 or by e-mail at klivermore@ci.san-leandro.ca.us.

Date: August 17,2007

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