2017 Council Workplan - Community Building

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Brisbane will honor the rich diversity of our city (residents, organizations, businesses) through community engagement and participation.  The following items are numbered how they appear in the full Workplan, and are not in any particular or rank order | Back to 2017 Council Workplan landing page.




















  • Item #1 - Recology Expansion Project

Recology is proposing to expand their existing facility in Brisbane which will require an environmental impact report (EIR).  An EIR Notice of Preparation was published in 2015, and we are awaiting Recology to submit a proposal, which will be subject to appropriate City review.
  • Item #2 - Baylands EIR and Specific Plan

The Baylands Final EIR was published in May of 2015.  The Planning Commission deliberated over the applicant's (UPC's) Brisbane Baylands Specific Plan, amendments to the 1994 Brisbane General Plan, and of course the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Baylands, and ultimately arrived at the following recommendation to the City Council:

1.  That the Brisbane General Plan be amended as it relates to the Baylands to allow for a 1- 2 million square foot net increase in building area and a utility-scale renewable energy generation facility;

2.  That the Baylands Final EIR be certified as it pertains to the General Plan recommendation;

3.  That permitted land uses include Light Industrial, Research and Development, Office, Retail, Commercial Recreation and Open Space; and

4.  That no housing be developed.

The City Council commenced their Baylands Review Process in September 2016.  The City Council’s Public Hearing/Workshop schedule for the Baylands is located here: http://brisbaneca.org/baylands-city-council-proceedings.  Public Hearings and Council deliberations are expected to continue through the end of 2018.

  • Item #3 - General Plan Update

In March 2015 the City Council concurred that the 1994 General Plan core values were still relevant to Brisbane today and that the 1994 Plan, as modified through 2007, should be the basis for moving forward with the General Plan update process.  The General Plan update is pending completion of the Baylands Review Process.

  • Item #4 - Parkside Precise Plan

The Housing Element was adopted by the City Council in April 2015.  A portion of the approximately 25 acres near the Bayshore Boulevard/Old County Road entrance to Brisbane, which includes the Brisbane Village Shopping Center, Bank of America lot, light industrial properties on Park Place and Park Lane, and other City-owned properties along Bayshore Blvd. was identified in the Housing Element as the preferred location for new mixed use (i.e. retail) and residential infill development (i.e. housing).  This area is being referred to as “Parkside at Brisbane Village”. 

In September of 2015, The Council selected MIG Consultants to prepare the Parkside at Brisbane Village Precise Plan.  A Pop-Up Workshop occurred on October 24, 2015 on Old County Rd. and overlapped with the Lions’ Pumpkin Patch and Flu Shot Clinic.  Another community workshop took place in February, 2016 and was followed up with a Parkside Building Blocks Survey (there were a total of 31 respondents to the electronic and hardcopy forms of the survey).  A Council Study Session took place in June of 2016 where MIG presented three different land use and transportation scenarios for the City Council and community feedback. 

At their September 1, 2016 meeting, Council continued their discussion of potential preliminary land use alternatives for the Parkside Precise Plan.  MIG also presented several photosimulations and renderings to help better envision the pedestrian environment and visual impacts of Alternatives A & B (see all Preliminary Land Use Alternatives and other Parkside Precise Plan documents here: http://www.brisbaneca.org/parkside-plan-documents). A highlight of the meeting was the presentation by Councilmembers O’Connell and Davis of a modified Alternative they had prepared for residential development on Park Lane and Park Place.  Speakers voiced support for the modified Alternative.  The City Council directed MIG to use the modified Alternative prepared by Councilmembers O’Connell and Davis as the basis for further plan preparation.  The Council also determined that a broader vision was appropriate for the Brisbane Village Shopping Center and adjacent parcels, with a focus on land uses that would encourage public gatherings and attract visitors from out of town (such as a microbrewery or boutique hotel). 

MIG released a Draft Parkside Precise Plan in June 2017, which the Planning Commission approved with modifications at their August 22, 2017 meeting.  The Draft Parkside Precise Plan is tentatively scheduled to go before Council sometime in October 2017.  More information about the Parkside Plan can be found here: http://brisbaneca.org/parkside-brisbane-village-precise-plan-about.

  • Item #6 - Sierra Point Design/Development Strategy

City efforts to enliven and promote public activity at Sierra Point have been ongoing for many years.  Toward this end, on February 2, 2017 the City Council approved a revised Development Agreement with the developers of the Opus Office Complex at 3000-3500 Marina Boulevard, Sierra Point.  Under the terms of the Development Agreement, the expiration date of the Office Complex project approvals was extended from 2022 to 2027.  In exchange, the developer will install solar generation facilities on the roof of the planned parking structure, relinquish their long-term ground lease over City-owned 3.4 acre Parcel R near the Marina, and pay fees to the City for unspecified future public improvements to Parcel R.  This provides an exciting opportunity for the City to transform Parcel R and put it to beneficial public use.  The City Council will undertake a separate process to determine how and when to improve Parcel R for public use. 

  • Item #13 - New Brisbane Library

In 2014, the Council identified the L.T. Clarke/5 Star Café site as the preferred site for the new Brisbane Library and afterwards formed a Library Planning Stakeholder Group.  This group is comprised of representatives from the Friends of the Brisbane Library, Mothers of Brisbane, San Mateo County Library Staff, Brisbane School District, BEST/PTO, City Council (1 member, plus 1 alternate), a Parks and Recreation Commissioner, the City Manager, and the Public Works Director.  They reviewed architectural-engineering RFPs and recommended architectural and design firm, Siegel & Strain, to the City Council in April, 2016.  A 50% design went to Council at their November 3, 2016 meeting.  At their February 2, 2017 meeting, the Council adopted a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the new Library, whose study found that the new Library would not have a significant effect on the environment because mitigation measures have been incorporated into the project.  Construction of the Library is expected to commence in 2018.

In terms of Public Art, a Public Art Request for Proposals (due February 10, 2017) resulted in a total of 25 submittals.  An Ad Hoc Committee of the City Council and Parks and Recreation Commission interviewed the top four candidates on April 26, 2017.  Based on the interviews, previous work, and reference checks, the Ad Hoc Subcommittee recommended Michele Gutlove to the Commission as the artist they chose to complete a public art installation at the new Brisbane Library.  The Commission met on May 10, 2017 and approved the recommendation, which the Council did as well at their May 18, 2017 meeting.
As far as funding goes, the Board of Supervisors voted to authorize a one-time $300K grant for design purposes at their March 29, 2016 meeting.  The Administrative Services Director and City Manager are also working on a low-interest loan from San Mateo County for the amount we may need to fund the library above and beyond the dedicated funds we have from the Northeast Ridge, which is about $3M.  The loan would be based on county investment pool interest earnings, something around 1 to 2%.  The details of the loan will be finalized as the project comes together and the construction costs are identified.  The Friends of the Brisbane Library are setting out to raise $100,000 for the new Brisbane Library in 2017.
  • Item #14 - Affordable Housing Project

The City continues to hold approximately $1,000,000 in Affordable Housing Funds as well as the Lau property which has an approximate value of $2M.  The City is exploring opportunities on how to facilitate the construction of affordable housing in Brisbane.

  • Item #15 - Public Arts Ordinance - DONE

In November of 2012, the City Council directed the Parks and Recreation Commission to draft an ordinance, which the Public Art Funding Subcommittee did with assistance from staff and the City Attorney.  It was determined that the ordinance itself would be more of a shell, talking about how revenues are taken in, with the Implementation Guidelines done as a separate document, which would give the Council the most amount of flexibility to make changes if needed rather than go through an ordinance method.  The ordinance was approved in October of 2014 and the Public Art Funding Subcommittee then drafted the Implementation Guidelines.  The Guidelines were reviewed by a citizen committee for feedback before going to the Parks and Recreation Commission for their review in February of 2017.  Ultimately, the Implementation Guidelines went before the Council at their meeting of July 20, 2017 where they were unanimously approved.

(Last updated: September 1, 2017)