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UPDATED Abandon shift!

Submitted by on 1, July 20, 2009 – 6:00 amNo Comment


Updated 11:44 a.m. Monday, July 20

Tuesday’s council meeting has (as of Sunday night, anyway) just one live item on the agenda: A discussion about nixing plans to create special zoning rules to all but ban the construction of two-story homes in three blocks of a neighborhood of ranch homes off Fernside Boulevard.

Residents came to the council in 2007 with a petition to request the new rules in the wake of some requests to build two-story homes in the neighborhood. Then another group of residents submitted a counter-petition to keep their block out of the new zoning area.

The Planning Board heard the proposal in May, with an out-of-the-blue suggestion from planning staff that they consider a new set of design guidelines for all of Alameda’s ranch homes. With the city’s planning stuff freshly halved, they were less than enthusiastic about it, but passed along a recommendation that the council consider it (and ditch the new zoning rules).

They said the proposal didn’t have enough support among the 63 property owners who would be impacted by the new restrictions and that the problems that sparked the suggestion needed to be handled by already-established city processes.

Oh, and it sounds like the density bonus hearing that was scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed. I’ll let you know when that gets rescheduled.

I’m checking to see if the council is also planning on holding a public hearing on reducing affordable housing requirements in its established (read: non-Alameda Point) redevelopment areas, part of its efforts to put together a state-mandated “density bonus” ordinance aimed at encouraging developers to build affordable housing (the notice I got from the Planning & Building Department says yea, the council’s agenda … well, I can’t find it). More on that later.

The council’s also set to okay a revised contract with what I believe is its biggest public employees union with about $300,000 in health benefit adjustments over the next two years.

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