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A City Council curtain raiser

Submitted by on 1, October 19, 2009 – 5:50 amNo Comment

The City Council has got a lot of biggish things on its plate this coming Tuesday – so much that I couldn’t pick just one to talk about. (Well, I could. You’ll hear about that on Tuesday.) Here’s a quick rundown:

Density bonus: The City Council, sitting as the Community Improvement Commission, will consider an ordinance that would give developers the right to build more housing on their property and to get breaks on development rules – including development-limiting Measure A – if they build housing affordable to lower-income residents as proscribed by the ordinance. The commission will also discuss an ordinance that would drop the city’s affordable housing requirement in two of its redevelopment areas (not Alameda Point) from 25 percent of what’s built to 15 percent. A previous rundown I wrote is here; the staff report is here.

Retiree health benefits: The council is set to okay an ordinance that would require the city’s public safety unions to negotiate new retiree health benefits for new hires. The city’s police and firefighters and their spouses are currently eligible for lifetime medical and dental benefits which some city leaders have criticized as more generous than the city can afford. More detailed rundown here; ordinance text here.

Good fences make green neighbors: The council is set to consider an ordinance regulating the size of fences around properties in its two main commercial districts. The zoning change was sparked by concerns that big, ugly fences could pop up around shuttered businesses along Park and Webster streets. Staff report here. The council will also discuss implementation of a green building ordinance that would apply to city construction and renovation projects worth $3 million or more and city landscaping projects of $100,000 or more. There’s a plumbing code (?) appendix in here regarding graywater collection systems too. Staff report here.

Alameda Point: Two items here. Mayor Beverly Johnson is formally asking staff to make a presentation for the public on SunCal’s Alameda Point development initiative. The council, sitting as the Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority, is also being asked to approve a contract for an environmental impact report on the plan.

The council is also set to discuss, in closed session, ongoing lawsuits from bondholders who helped fund the city’s telecom system.

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