Oct 4, 2007 Commission Meeting Notice

Oct 4 , 2007
1:00 P.M.
Port of San Francisco Board Room
Ferry Building, Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

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 investiga¬tion 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 September 20, 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. Commission Consideration of a Contract Amendment with Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
    The Commission will consider authorizing the Executive Director to amend BCDC’s contract with MTC to extend the contract one year and provide BCDC with an additional $170,000 to assist MTC in transportation planning that affects the Bay.
    (Joe LaClair) [415/352-3656 joel@bcdc.ca.gov]
  9. Vote on Proposed Bay Plan Amendment No. 1-07 Concerning Update of the San Francisco Bay Plan Managed Wetland Findings, Policies and Map Designations; and Proposed Marsh Plan Amendment No. 1-07 Concerning Update of the Suisun Marsh Protection Plan Findings and Policies Regarding Managed Wetlands [ adobe image pdf, 1.6 MB ]
    The Commission will vote on proposed revisions to the San Francisco Bay Plan managed wetlands findings, policies and map designations, and the Suisun Marsh Protection Plan findings and policies regarding managed wetlands. The proposed revisions reflect new scientific information and new approaches to management of these areas, and correct mapping errors regarding managed wetlands. A public hearing on the proposed revisions was held on September 3, 2007.
    (Caitlin Sweeney) [415/352-3643 caitlins@bcdc.ca.gov]
  10. Vote on Proposed Amendments to the Commission’s Application Form and Other Regulatory Filing Requirements
    The Commission will vote on proposed amendments to the Commission’s permit application form and related regulations that contain the requirements for filing an application.
    (Ellen Sampson) [415/352-3610 ellens@bcdc.ca.gov]
  11. Public Hearing and Vote on Material Amendment No. One from the California Department of Fish and Game to implement a habitat, enhancement, public access improvement, and flood protection project at the former Cargill Salt Plant on the shoreline of the Napa River, in an unincorporated area of Napa County [ adobe image Pdf 519 KB ]
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote on an application for an amendment of BCDC Permit No. 8-04, to authorize: the conversion of approximately 1,460 acres of salt ponds to approximately 1,160 acres of tidal marsh and associated habitats; the installation of approximately 6.2 miles of new public access trails and other improvements; and an increase in the height of select levees for flood protection of adjacent property at the former Cargill Napa Plant Site, located on the eastern side of the Napa River, near the City of American Canyon, in an unincorporated area of Napa County.
    (Kerri Davis) [415/352-3617 kerrid@bcdc.ca.gov]

  12. Public Hearing and Vote on Whether a Substantial Issue is Raised to Appeal No. 1-07 to Solano County Marsh Development Permit No. MD 07-01 Issued to Zentner & Zentner for the Dittmer Ranch Seasonal Wetlands Project ] adobe image pdf 87 KB ]
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and vote on whether an appeal of Marsh Development Permit No. MD 07-01, authorizing the creation of 2.4 acres of seasonal wetlands and the enhancement of 1.6 acres of adjacent grasslands at the Dittmer Ranch property partially in the secondary management area of the Suisun Marsh near Potrero Hills Lane, raises a substantial issue regarding the project’s consistency with the Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, the Suisun Marsh Protection Plan, and the Solano County component of the Suisun Marsh Local Protection Program. A portion of the project is also within the primary management area of the Suisun Marsh and is the subject of BCDC Marsh Development Permit Application No. M07-01(M). If the Commission determines that the appeal raises a substantial issue, a denova hearing on the appeal will be held on November 1, 2007.
    (Ming Yeung) [415/352-3616 mingy@bcdc.ca.gov]

  13. Public Hearing and Vote on Endorsing a Strategy for Financing San Francisco Bay Wetland Restoration [ adobe image pdf 98 KB ]
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and vote on whether to endorse the policy recommendations in a report by Save the Bay entitled, Greening the Bay: Financing Wetland Restoration in San Francisco Bay, which was presented to the Commission at its September 6, 2007 Commission meeting.
    (Jessica Hamburger) [415/352-3660 jessicah@bcdc.ca.gov]

  14. New Business
  15. Old Business
  16. 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.

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