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October 15, 2013

A Joint Workshop meeting of the Planning Commission and Housing Advisory Committee for the City of San Ramon was called to order by Chair Wallis at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 in the Council Chambers 2222 Camino Ramon, San Ramon.


Present:  Planning Commissioners; Kerger, Sachs, Viers, Vice Chair Benedetti, Chair Wallis; Housing Advisory Committee Members, Chair Viers, Vice Chair Vesperman, Jones, Salinas, Rose

Absent:    None                 

Staff:  Phil Wong, Planning Director; Debbie Chamberlain, Planning Manager; Cindy Yee, Associate Planner; Alicia Poon, Deputy City Attorney; Luisa Amerigo Recording Secretary

Audience:    2

 1.  CALL TO ORDER                  


 3.  PURPOSE OF MEETING/OVERVIEW                       


Cindy Yee, Associate Planner provided a PowerPoint presentation and stated that on

September 17, 2013, the Planning Commission and Housing Advisory Committee held a joint workshop on the overview of the 2014-2022 Housing Element Update.  At that meeting the Planning Commission and Housing Advisory Committee Members only had time to provide comments and feedback on the first Policy Discussion item.

Ms. Yee added that at tonight’s meeting staff is seeking comment and direction from the Planning Commission and Housing Advisory Committee on the two remaining Policy Discussion Items.

Ms. Yee stated the the City currently has 34 Housing Opportunity Sites. Two sites are fully developed since 2009-2014 House Element adoption Valley Vista Senior Site and Old Ranch Estates. The two sites partially developed since 2009-2014 Housing Element was adopted are Dougherty Valley and 4700 Norris Canyon Road formerly known as St. James Place.

Ms. Yee added that considerations for the Housing Opportunities Sites are to establish density ranges within the Mixed Use zones, additions, modifications, and elimination of opportunity sites.

Ms. Yee stated that the City has 28 Housing Programs identified in the current Housing Element.  Five programs requiring Zoning Ordinance updated completed, three programs will be deleted or modified to recognize the elimination of the Redevelopment Agency. 

A majority of the programs will remain as ongoing, such as code enforcement, housing rehab grant programs, facilitating development of affordable housing. Any modifications to current program guidance are incentives to build affordable units, second dwelling unit policy.

Following the PowerPoint presentation, the Planning Commission and Housing Advisory Committee members provided the following comments; consider ways to provide more senior housing; continue public outreach; as we consider increased densities in the mixed use direct, maintain appropriate level of service at critical intersections; consider establishment of commercial linkage fee for fund programs; provide pros and cons of establishing a density range and 12.7% in a mixed use district.; consider incentives such as eliminating the required parking space and use of in-lieu fee to facilitate construction of second units; consider developing an inclusionary ordinance that basis the number of affordable units required for a project on the number of units proposed.


There being no further discussion Chair Wallis adjourned the meeting at 9:10 p.m.   

Submitted by:                                                                                                                

Luisa Amerigo   

Recording Secretary                                    


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