Hearing on SunCal’s new Alameda Point plan tonight
Folks, you’ve got an opportunity at tonight’s Planning Board meeting to sound off on SunCal’s new plans for Alameda Point and on issues you think ought to be addressed in an environmental impact study to be conducted on those plans.
The public meeting is at 7 p.m. today (Monday) in council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. And the agenda with all the info for the hearing is here (it’s item 9B).
City staff have outlined a host of concerns about SunCal’s latest development plans, which could include up to 4,845 homes and 4.57 million square feet of commercial space, plus 146 acres of parks. Specifically, they want more information on what type of housing and commercial space will be built where and how they’ll look, what SunCal’s transportation plan is for the development and also the developer’s plan for building an environmentally sustainable development – all things they said the developer told them they’ll wait until after their plan is approved to provide.
“These deficiencies in the Modified OEA (development application) reflect important differences in objectives between the City and SunCal,” staff wrote in a report to the Planning Board. “SunCal is maximizing flexibility and minimizing commitments that could result in future costs and limitations on vertical developers, which could ultimately affect the sales price of land.”
City officials are also looking for more on SunCal’s plans to generate jobs and affordable housing, and to protect endangered least terns and historic buildings at the Point. In an earlier letter to SunCal regarding their latest development application, city officials also questioned some of SunCal’s financial assumptions about the project.
In addition to the hearing on SunCal’s plan – which include a smaller “base project” with 3,712 homes and a “density bonus” project with 4,845 homes (PDFs of those below) – the Planning Board will take your comments on the project’s potential environmental impacts, to be included in a study that would measure the magnitude of those impacts and suggest solutions for dealing with those impacts.
Examples of impacts that could be studied by such a report include construction noise and dust, traffic, pollution, and impacts to a host of other resources, from wildlife to historic buildings. The Planning Board will take comments on the planned environmental impact report through May 22.
Separately, SunCal will be hosting a community open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today in the main branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street. They’ll meet in Community Room A. At the open house, they’ll discuss their plans for the Point and take community input, specifically on issues affecting the environment. They will also take your comments on their website.
“We need your help and want to work together to make the Alameda Point plan a success for this community. We look forward to your input and answering any questions that you may have,” an e-mail signed SCC Alameda Point LLC said.