July 16, 2009 Commission Meeting Notice

July 16, 2009
1:00 p.m.
MetroCenter Auditorium
101 Eighth Street, Oakland

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 June 4, 2009 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
    (Bob Batha) [415/352-3612 bobb@bcdc.ca.gov]
  8. Continued Public Hearing on San Francisco Bay Plan Amendment No. 1-08 Concerning Climate Change
    The Commission will hold its third public hearing on Bay Plan Amendment No. 1-08, which proposes to address climate change by adding a new findings and policies section on climate change and updating the findings and policies in several existing sections of the Bay Plan, including Safety of Fills, Tidal Marshes and Tidal Flats, Shoreline Protection, Mitigation, and Public Access. Two public hearings were held on May 7, 2009 and June 4, 2009. The Commission will continue to accept public comments on the proposed amendment. The hearing is scheduled to be closed on July 16, 2009.
    (Joe LaClair) [415/352-3656  joel@bcdc.ca.gov]
  9. Public Hearing and Vote on the Citizens Advisory Committee and the Science and Technical Advisory Committee
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote to revise the objectives, functions and structure of the Citizens Advisory Committee and the Science and Technical Advisory Committee so these committees can better advise and assist the Commission in carrying out its functions.
    (Caitlin Sweeney) [415/352-3643  caitlins@bcdc.ca.gov]
  10. Public Hearing and Vote on Whether to Consider Amending the San Francisco Waterfront Special Area Plan to Accommodate a Proposal to Relocate the Exploratorium to Piers 15-17
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote on whether to initiate the process of amending the San Francisco Waterfront Special Area Plan based on an application from the Exploratorium, Inc. and the Port of San Francisco. The amendment would modify the plan policies and implementation requirements that require fill removal at Piers 15-17 to allow the required fill to be removed elsewhere on the San Francisco waterfront and to allow the fill removal to occur at a later date than currently required in the plan. The Commission will also consider whether to authorize the Executive Director to enter into a contract with the Exploratorium, Inc. to pay the Commission’s costs of processing and acting on the proposed amendment.
    (Joe LaClair) [415/352-3656  joel@bcdc.ca.gov]
  11. Briefing on Dutch Climate Change Initiatives
    Peter C. Wijsman, a program manager at Arcadis, a Dutch-American consulting firm, will brief the Commission on some of the programs, activities and techniques that are being used in Holland to address climate change and sea level rise.
    (Brad McCrea) [415/352-3615  bradm@bcdc.ca.gov]
  12. 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 2, 2008. 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]
  13. New Business
  14. Old Business
  15. 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.