Council to request the 411 on Point proposal’s impacts
Tonight’s City Council agenda brings a recommendation that the council request a report on a host of potential impacts that could be caused by development plans at Alameda Point, which could be on the ballot this coming November.
The state elections code allows legislative bodies like the council to request a report on a list of seven different specific impacts, which the council is being asked by staff to request. They’re saying the report should focus on transportation impacts of the proposed development plan and fiscal impacts, which they said are the two major things people are concerned about.
Developer SunCal’s plans for the former Naval Air Station include more than 4,500 new homes, 3.2 million square feet of commercial space, retail and a host of amenities, all of which are supposed to come at no cost to the city. Funding for the development is slated to come from the developer, city bonds and future residents. But some have questioned those assertions, and also whether the cost of providing services for the new development would be covered by the taxes it might generate.
Some have also raised questions about whether the transit-boosting improvements in the plan will be attractive enough to stall a major increase in traffic, particularly through the Tubes. Last I remember, the folks at SunCal anticipated that a quarter of the residents at the Point would not be using cars to get to work, which is higher than the 17 percent of current Island residents who were going car-free at last count.
A separate study requested by the city and released in April 2008 found that at 4,050 new homes, even with transit enhancements, the morning commute through the Tube would be more crowded.
As I always say … more to come.