Jun 21, 2007 Commission Meeting Notice

1:00 P.M.
Thursday, June 21, 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 May 17, 2007 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. Public Hearing and Vote on Marsh Development Permit Application No. 5-05(M) from Venoco, Inc., for Natural Gas Facilities in the Suisun Marsh, Solano County
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote on a marsh development permit application submitted by Venoco, Inc., to construct a natural gas well pad and from it drill four exploratory gas wells in the primary management area of the Suisun Marsh, on Van Sickle Island, east of Montezuma Slough, in an unincorporated area of Solano County. The project would involve the placement of fill materials over a 1.03-acre area, resulting in impacts to about 0.29 acres of managed wetland habitat and 0.75 acres of upland habitat. Once the filling is complete, temporary drilling equipment would be installed to test for commercially viable quantities of natural gas. If the tests are successful, new production facilities would be installed. In addition, a 36-foot-long, below-grade pipeline would be installed between the drill pad and a nearby existing, underground, natural gas pipeline. The applicant proposes mitigation measures to offset the adverse environmental impacts of the project, the extent of which depends on whether or not the drilling is successful and what resulting fill area and associated well facilities would remain.
    (Jenn Feinberg) [415/3532-3622 jenniferf@bcdc.ca.gov]

  9. Public Hearing and Vote on an Update of the Commission’s Shoreline Landscape Guide
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote to approve a proposed update to the Commission’s Shoreline Landscape Guide. Originally adopted in 1987, the document has been updated to reflect the latest information regarding shoreline planting.
    (Brad McCrea) [415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov]

  10. Briefing on The Management Implications of Bay Sediment Dynamics
    The Commission will receive a briefing from the staff and Dr. David Cacchione, USGS emeritus, regarding the state of knowledge of Bay sediment processes and their importance to understanding and managing the Bay, particularly for dredging, wetlands restoration, and responding to the effects of global climate change.
    (Steve Goldbeck) [415/352-3611 steveg@bcdc.ca.gov]

  11. Briefing on the Subtidal Habitat Goals Project
    The Commission will receive a briefing and consider a report on the status of efforts to develop a comprehensive Subtidal Habitat Goals Project for the San Francisco Bay.
    (Caitlin Sweeney) [415/352-3643 caitlins@bcdc.ca.gov]

  12. Briefing on Mechanisms for Integrating Scientific Information into the Commission’s Processes
    The Commission will receive a briefing from the staff on methods to improve the integration of science into the Commission’s planning and permit process.
    (Joe LaClair) [415/352-3656 joel@bcdc.ca.gov]

  13. Briefing from Metropolitan Transportation Commission Staff Regarding Transit-Oriented-Development Policy
    The Commission will receive a briefing from James Corless, Senior Planner at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), on an evaluation and update of MTC’s transit-oriented development policy. The briefing will highlight implications for future expansion of ferry service and development of new ferry terminals on San Francisco Bay.
    (Joe LaClair) [415/352-3656 joel@bcdc.ca.gov]

  14. Consideration of Strategic Plan Status Report
    The Commission will consider a status report on the progress being made in meeting the objectives contained in the strategic plan adopted on October 5, 2006. The Commission will also determine whether any revisions to 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]

  15. New Business

  16. Old Business

  17. 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.