Jan 18, 2007 Commission Meeting Notice

1:00 P.M.
Jan 18, 2007
MetroCenter Auditorium
101 Eighth Street, Oakland
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Tentative Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Public Comment Period (Each speaker is limited to three minutes)

    A maximum of 15 minutes is available for the public to address the Commission on any matter on which the Commission either has not held a public hearing or is not scheduled for a public hearing later in the meeting. Speakers will be heard in the order of sign-up, and each speaker is generally limited to a maximum of three minutes. It is ly recommended that public comments be submitted in writing so they can be distributed to all Commission members for review. The Commission may provide more time to each speaker and can extend the public comment period beyond the normal 15-minute maximum if the Commission believes that it is necessary to allow a reasonable opportunity to hear from all members of the public who want to testify. No Commission action can be taken on any matter raised during the public comment period other than to schedule the matter for a future agenda or refer the matter to the staff for investigation unless the matter is scheduled for action by the Commission later in the meeting.
    (Will Travis) [415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov]

  4. Approval of Minutes of Dec 7, 2006 Meeting
    (Mamie Lai) [415/352-3639 mamiel@bcdc.ca.gov]
  5. Report of the Chair
  6. Report of the Executive Director
  7. Commission Consideration of Administrative Matters
    (Steve McAdam) [415/352-3614 stevem@bcdc.ca.gov]
  8. Briefing on BCC's Design Review Board

    John Kriken, an internationally known urban designer and the Chair of BCDC’s Design Review Board, will brief the Commission on the design of public access and its relationship to shoreline development.
    (Brad McCrea) [415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov]

  9. Public Hearing and Possible Vote on Proposed Amendment of the San Francisco Bay Plan and the San Francisco Bay Area Seaport Plan to Relocate a 15-Acre Port Priority Use Area Designation at Oakland

    The Commission will hold a public hearing and possibly vote on the application of the Oakland Redevelopment Agency to amend the San Francisco Bay Plan and the San Francisco Bay Area Seaport Plan to relocate a 15-acre port priority use area designated for port-related trucking used to serve the Port of Oakland, from the Baldwin Property to a site closer to the Port’s marine terminals in the East Gate Yard area of the former Oakland Army Base. Note: The staff report for this agenda item was mailed on November 21, 2006.
    (Sara Polgar) [415/352-3645 sarap@bcdc.ca.gov]

  10. Commission Briefing on Climate Change

    The San Francisco Bay Area appears unprepared for the Bay-related impacts from climate change, especially rising sea level and the associated, increased frequency and severity of storm events on the San Francisco Bay estuary and shoreline. Historical records show that sea level in San Francisco Bay has risen 18-20 centimeters (cm) (7 inches) over the past 150 years. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the 2006 California Climate Action Team Report project that mean sea level will rise between 10 and 90 cm (12 and 36 inches) by the year 2100. Sea level rise models indicate that a 30 cm (11.8 inch) rise in sea level would shift the 100-year storm surge-induced flood event to once every 10 years. Recent scientific findings, indicate that additional increases in sea level rise are likely. Most Bay Area decision makers lack the information necessary to develop adaptation strategies and some are reluctant to investigate adaptation as long as other entities continue to struggle with the most basic emissions reductions programs. The Commission’s climate change planning project aims to provide information and assist local governments in developing adaptation strategies amidst the scientific uncertainty regarding the scale of climate change impacts. The BCDC staff will brief the Commission on potential affects of sea level rise on the Bay Area and report on its progress in carrying out the climate change and sea level rise project.
    (Leslie Lacko) [415/352-3646 lesliel@bcdc.ca.gov]

  11. Consideration of Strategic Plan Status Report

    The Commission will consider a status report on the progress being made in meet-ing the objectives contained in the strategic plan adopted on October 5, 2006. The Commission will also determine whether any revisions in the plan are necessary and whether to take further action to achieve the plan’s goals and objectives.
    (Will Travis) [415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov]

  12. New Business
  13. Old Business
  14. Adjournment

Speaker Sign-Up and Time Limits If you would like to comment on an item scheduled for a public hearing or speak during the public comment period, please fill out a "Request to Speak" form and give it to a staff member. Each speaker is limited to a maximum of three minutes during the public comment period, and the Chair may set time limits for each speaker at the beginning of a public hearing. You are encouraged to submit written comments of any length and detailed information to the staff. This material will be distributed to the Commission members. Applicants are responsible for presenting their projects at the public hearing.

Questions and Staff Reports If you have any questions concerning an item on the agenda or would like to receive a staff report related to the item, please contact the staff member whose name and direct phone number are indicated in parenthesis at the end of the agenda item.

Campaign Contributions State law requires Commissioners to disqualify themselves from voting on any matter if they have received a campaign contribution from an interested party. If you intend to speak on any hearing item, please indicate on the "Request to Speak" form or in your testimony if you have made campaign contributions in excess of $250 to any Commissioner within the last year, and if so, to which Commissioner(s) you have contributed. Other legal requirements govern contributions by applicants and other interested parties and establish criteria for Commissioner conflicts of interest. Please consult with the staff counsel if you have any questions about the rules that pertain to campaign contributions or conflicts of interest.

Access to Meetings Meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you require special assistance, please contact any staff member prior to the meeting. An interpreter for the deaf will also be made available upon request to the staff at least five days prior to the meeting.

Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act As a state agency, the Commission is governed by the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act which requires the Commission to (1) publish an agenda at least ten days in advance of any meeting; (2) describe specifically in that agenda the items to be transacted or discussed; and (3) refuse to add an item subsequent to the published agenda. In addition to these general requirements the Bagley-Keene Act includes other specific provisions about how meetings are to be announced and conducted.