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Council Moves to Allow Live Aboards

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At last night's City Council Meeting, the Council voted unanimously to direct staff to revise the City's Marina Regulations found in the Municipal Code to allow for live aboards.  Boat owners are currently not allowed to rent out their boats for short-term rentals, and such will continue to be prohibited in the revised regulations.  It is thought that having live aboards or 24/7 living at the Marina will further recreational boating by providing enhanced security.  A public hearing will be scheduled at a later date to establish a "Live Aboard License Fee".

Brisbane Baylands Project Update

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The project that has been on everyone’s minds – amongst the Brisbane Community and the region – is of course the Brisbane Baylands. At last night’s City Council Meeting, the Council voted unanimously to:

  1. Certify the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Baylands and adopt the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, which is the first step in the process and will allow for additional information to be obtained and applied to the site before all the impacts are known;
  2. Approve the housing component of 1,800 – 2,200 units Baylands General Plan Amendment, in order to get the remediation that is needed on the site for it to be a fully-functioning community and not just a series of buildings that are disconnected from the town;
  3. Include up to 7 million square feet of commercial (Councilmember O’Connell stated she was more comfortable with 4.5 million square feet and thus dissented in her vote).  Other Councilmembers expressed how they believed that 7 million sq. ft. would allow for the City to have the most amount of future flexibility, amenities, and financial benefit, as well as be best able to assist with the regional jobs-housing imbalance. Only that vote was 4-1. Lastly, the Council voted unanimously to:
  4. Put the Baylands General Plan Amendment onto the November 6, 2018 ballot, which will allow the residents of Brisbane to cast their votes on what they consider to be in the best interests of their city.

A City ordinance requires the Baylands development to have a minimum 15% of its housing units designated as affordable or meet below-market requirements.  In addition, a minimum of 25% of the Baylands must be reserved for open space/area.

What’s next for the Baylands?  Staff expects the developer to submit a revised Specific Plan in line with the General Plan Amendment, if approved by voters in November.

City Manager Clay Holstine commented today to Marisa Kendall, a reporter with the Bay Area News Group, “The City certainly sees all of the ill effects of the housing crisis, and we’re trying to be responsible not only to that issue, but to our own community.”

To play back the meeting video, please visit: www.brisbaneca.org/city-government/meetings.  Scroll down to the meeting video of July 19th.  If you would like to subscribe to Baylands Updates from the City, please sign up here.

July 2018 Marina News

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 Click here to read the July 2018 Marina Newsletter

Annual Marina Kite Festival August 2018

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See below for more info about the Annual Marina Kite Festival, taking place on August 4, 2018:

City Hall Roof-Mounted PV System

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Update: Thursday, July 12 - The power in City Hall will be out tomorrow beginning at 12 noon in order to interconnect the new PV system.  Unfortunately, our computers and credit card machines will also be down during the planned shut down.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Update: Monday, July 9 - The City Hall roof-mounted PV installation project is now approximately 90% complete.  The major work remaining is a temporary shutdown of PG&E power so the PV system can be interconnected.  We again thank you for your patience (esp. to those that frequent the Dog Park) as this project is completed!

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The City Council has had an interest in constructing a photovoltaic system on the City Hall roof for over a decade, and we’re excited to announce that it’s now happening!  Over the course of the next two months, contractor Sunterra Solar will be working to install a 150 kW system (AC rating), and they will be using the City Hall parking lot near the Dog Park as their staging area.  Therefore, we ask that Dog Park users please refrain from parking in the spaces indicated as restricted with signs and barricades, as those are necessary for the contractor’s materials and equipment, which include a lift.  We look forward to having the system installed, which will allow for shedding more of the City’s load dependence from the public utility.  The current system does not include a commercial solar battery storage system, but in the event the Council does choose to install one, we would see even greater independence from the utility by saving excess power generated during lower demand periods.  If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

VIDEO: Facilities Rental

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If you're getting ready to plan a special event, you may want to consider renting one of the facilities in town, and which are maintained by our Parks and Recreation and Public Works Depts.  This video produced by our Summer Multimedia Intern Johnson Xiao will help give you a better idea of the types of facilities the City has to offer!  If you or your organization are interested in using any of the facilities mentioned in this video for your next meeting, party, or private event, please contact the Parks and Recreation Dept. at (415) 508-2140 or email them at parks-recreation@brisbaneca.org.

July 2018 Home Sharing Flyers

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HIP Housing's July 2018 flyers are now available for housing providers and housing seekers.

Over 200 people were placed in home sharing arrangements during FY 17-18; an additional 465 people remained in their home sharing arrangements during the year!

July 2018 STAR Newsletter

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Click here to read the July 2018 STAR Newsletter.

New Brisbane Library Site Work Commences

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163 Visitacion...the site of the old 5 Star Café which will soon be transformed into the New Brisbane Library.  Starting next Monday, 7/2, crews will begin to be seen onsite performing a site survey and clearing the area of weeds.  Work will continue 7am-4pm, M-F, with the exception of the July 4th holiday on Wednesday. This falls in line with the project timeline, which has work starting this summer and finishing in time for the Fall 2019 school year.  We are excited to watch the transformation take place! If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Brisbane Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

Council Adopts Budget for Next 2 Years

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As part of last night's City Council Meeting, the Council approved operating budgets for the next two fiscal years (the City's fiscal year starts on July 1st and ends June 30th).  The City's Budget is one of the most important documents the Council works on because it sets the Community's spending priorities for the next two years.  In this case, 2018/19 and 2019/20.  The Council is in their third year of putting together a Priority-Based Budget, which is based upon the 5 Council-adopted Community Results/Goals:

  • Safe Community - Residents and visitors will experience a sense of safety
  • Community Building - Brisbane will honor the rich diversity of our city (residents, organizations, businesses) through community engagement and participation
  • Ecological Sustainability - Brisbane will be a leader in setting policies and practicing service delivery innovations that promote ecological sustainability
  • Fiscally Prudent - Brisbane's fiscal vitality will reflect sound decisions which also speak to the values of the community
  • Economic Development - Brisbane will work with the businesses and residents to provide for economic vitality/diversity

To that end, below are a handful of projects that received funding:

  • Requests from the Parks and Recreation Commission - Firth Park Improvements (replace benches, tables, trash cans); Sunrise Room Improvements (paint, baseboard and carpet replacement, kitchen cabinet updates); Dropdown Screen for Mission Blue, Sound System Replacement at Mission Blue, Portable Sound System Replacement for Special Events
  • Capital Projects - Drainage Line Installed at the Fishing Pier, Alley Improvements (draw up plans for the Alvarado to San Benito Walkway as well as plans drawn for the Sierra Point to Humboldt Walkway), Station 81 Fire Engine Replacement

Click here to read the staff report where more information on the above items can be found.

The Council had the lion's share of their budget discussions during the June 9th Budget Workshop.  The new 2018-20 Budget will be posted shortly here on the City's website.