MINUTES OF THE
A regular meeting of the City of San Ramon Redevelopment Agency was held on April 24, 2007 at 6:16 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon, Chair Perkins presiding.
PRESENT: Agency Members Hudson, Rowley, Wilson, Vice Chair Livingstone and Chair Perkins.
STAFF PRESENT: Agency Counsel By Athan, Executive Director Herb Moniz, Deputy Executive Director Marc Fontes, and Agency Secretary Patricia Edwards.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Chair Perkins led the Agency Board, staff, and the audience in the pledge of allegiance.
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The Agency Secretary reported that there were no announcements or special presentations.
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The Agency Secretary reported there were no requests for public comment.
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mbr. Livingstone’s motion to approve the minutes of the March 27, 2007 meeting was seconded by Mbr. Rowley and passed 5-0.
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The Agency Secretary stated that there were no items on the consent calendar.
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The Agency Secretary reported that no written communications have been received.
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The Agency Secretary stated that there were no items of unfinished business.
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Mr. Fontes indicated that this is a key development site within the Crow Canyon Specific Plan. The preliminary proposal for this parcel was presented by the applicant, Robert Enea, and his architect, Gaylan Grant. Two important considerations are that: (1) the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) review the project at the early planning stage; and (2) the preliminary submittal shows how the adjacent properties will work in concert with this proposal. Project elevations were not available at this time.
Mr. Grant presented the proposal. He noted that this site is key to the Crow Canyon Specific Plan. He appreciates City staff input. The site is currently occupied by the Outpost and is 3.8 acres. There is an approximate 10 foot grade change from the sidewalk level at the overpass to the property pad. A culvert, which is not well maintained, is adjacent to the property and drains into the creek which runs behind the property. All proposed structures meet the 100 foot setback from the centerline of the creek. The project is designed to be responsive to the City’s directive to give the appearance of one developer although there are several different property owners.
Mbr. Hudson questioned the involvement of the California Fish and Game. Mr. Grant stated that, because there already is development on this parcel, the precedent has been set.
The proposal includes 113 residential units and 17, 500 square feet of retail space. The height of the building is 4 stories and has a 50 foot height limit. The retail space is located over on-grade residential parking. Eight residential flats are on the retail level. Additional residential units will be built over the retail space including: 39 residential units on the first level, 39 residential units on the second level, and 27 residential units on the third level.
Project access points are available from San Ramon Valley Boulevard, Deerwood Road, and Old Crow Canyon Road. All retail parking is on the podium level. Retail access will be from San Ramon Valley Boulevard. Residential parking is accessed from Deerwood Road. Parking areas can be connected to the Korean Church, Jeff’s Kitchens, Patrick David’s, and the Windmill Farms properties.
Mbr. Hudson supports the proposal but would like the Planning Commission to address how the utilities will be affected and the status of the trees that border the property on Deerwood Road. Mr. Grant did not know the status of the trees.
Mbr. Hudson indicated that the project is in conformance with the RDA plan and that the circulation of auto, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic is of prime concern.
Mbr. Wilson commented that the issues with California Fish and Game can be resolved. He expressed concern about the landscaping, traffic circulation, and the accessibility for emergency vehicles. Mbr. Wilson stated that the affordable housing component has been addressed but that residents of this project must be aware of the issues of noise and dust from the existing masonry business in the vicinity.
Mbr. Livingstone stated he would like to see a circulation plan that allows the residents to have access to Old Crow Canyon Road. If California Fish and Game will not allow a bridge over the creek, Windmill Farms will have difficulty with deliveries once this project is complete. Mbr. Livingstone requested that the circulation plan address future projects in the area and the area’s overall traffic circulation.
Mbr. Rowley stated she is also concerned about the traffic circulation plan. She questioned how the traffic at In and Out Burger will impact the residents. Mbr. Rowley commented that the project’s entrance/exit is near Windmill Farms and this will likely affect their deliveries. She requested that landscaping be included to soften the overall look. She would like to see what the roof looks like from the Korean Church.
Chair Perkins requested a review of the parking level diagram. He questioned the proposed driveway connection with the adjacent parcel and the conflict with the entrance on Old Crow Canyon Road. Mr. Grant indicated that all concerns will be addressed as the plan develops. Chair Perkins proposed the entrance be moved farther down to eliminate conflicting left hand turns.
Mbr. Livingstone suggested that all easements from property to property be established now so that there are no future issues.
Mbr. Rowley urged project review to ensure emergency vehicle accessibility.
Mbr. Hudson’s motion to confirm the conceptual review of the proposed four-story mixed use building located at 2251 San Ramon Valley Boulevard (Outpost Property) and findings of compliance with the Redevelopment Plan was seconded by Mbr. Wilson and approved 5-0.
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There being no further business for Agency consideration,
the meeting adjourned at
Scott Perkins, Chair
Patricia Edwards, Agency Secretary
Approved at the May 22, 2007 Agency meeting, 5-0.
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