September 3, 2009 Commission Meeting Notice

September 3, 2009
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 investigation unless the matter is scheduled for action by the Commission later in the meeting.
    (Will Travis) [415/352-3653]
  4. Approval of Minutes of July 16, 2009 Meeting
    (Mamie Lai) [415/352-3639]
  5. Report of the Chair
  6. Report of the Executive Director
  7. Commission Consideration of Administrative Matters
    (Bob Batha) [415/352-3612]
  8. Public Hearing and Vote on Material Amendment No. 13 to BCDC Permit No. 20-73, California Department of Transportation Seismic Retrofit the Dumbarton Bridge in the Cities of Fremont, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote on an application from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to seismically retrofit the Dumbarton Bridge in the City of Fremont in Alameda County and the cities of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park in San Mateo County. The proposed project, which spans the 1.6-mile length of the bridge, includes strengthening of 36 water piers by adding concrete encasements on the footings, columns and bent caps, which would increase the piers’ cross sections; strengthening the bridge land (trestle) bent sections with lateral piles; replacing all 44 deck expansion joints; and strengthening the two bridge deck hinges and deck section with added steel bracings. The project would also involve the removing the existing abandoned 2,350-foot-long Ravenswood Pier, on the southwest side of the bridge; and constructing two temporary construction trestles, 2,200 and 2,500 feet long on both south sides of the bridge. Caltrans proposes to provide approximately $3,000,000 to compensate for the construction impacts of the project, by enhancing public access lookouts, resurfacing existing parking lots and a frontage road at the bridge approaches; building a new bridge overlook widening the bridge bicycle/pedestrian path at ground transition and providing a flood prevention system that includes a pump station to protect existing parking lots and frontage road sections from inundation, all on the west approach side of the bridge. In addition, Caltrans proposes to install new location and interpretive signage at all bridge public access areas, and new bridge bicycle directional signage from Union City to Menlo Park. (Rafael Montes) [415/352-3670]
  9. Public Hearing on Amendment No. One to Consistency Determination No. CN 11-93, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for the Lower Tubbs Island/Tolay Creek Marsh Enhancement Project, Sonoma County 457KB
    The Commission will hold a public hearing on a request to amend Consistency Determination No. CN 11-93 to allow the enhancement of approximately 65 acres of tidal habitat within the Lower Tubbs Island and Tolay Creek marshes. The proposed project includes excavating and enlarging tidal channels, breaching and lowering levees and berms, and placing approximately 3.99 acres of fill in order to improve circulation and drainage onsite. In addition, the project proposes to eliminate an approximately 565-foot-long section of an existing public access loop trail; create and maintain a new approximately 2,000-foot-long public access trail along an adjacent levee, and install an interpretive panel to compensate for the public access that would be eliminated. (Max Delaney) [415/352-3668]
  10. Commission Consideration of NOAA Fellow Contract
    The Commission will consider authorizing the Executive Director to enter into a two-year contract with The Baldwin Group Inc, the fiscal agent for the NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship program, which would assign a NOAA Fellow to work for the Commission on adaptation to sea level rise. (Steve Goldbeck) [415/352-3611]
  11. Consideration of Staff Report and Recommendation to Join CSO’s Amicus Brief 139KB
    The Commission will consider authorizing BCDC to join the Supreme Court amicus curiae brief of the Coastal States Organization (CSO) in Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection involving Florida’s beach renourishment program. (Tim Eichenberg) [415/352-3655]
  12. Consideration of Report on Collaboration with Non-Governmental Organizations
    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]
  13. Briefing on Ecosystem-Based Approaches to Management 1.7MB
    The Commission will receive a briefing from BCDC’s current NOAA Coastal Management Fellow on ecosystem-based management approaches for the San Francisco Bay. (Dan Robinson) [415/352-3645, 401/835-2860,]
  14. Consideration of Strategic Plan Status Report 202KB
    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]
  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.

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