January 16, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice

January 16, 2014
1:00 pm
Port of San Francisco Board Room
Ferry Building
Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 983-8008

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.
    (Steve Goldbeck) [415/352-3611 steveg@bcdc.ca.gov]
  4. Approval of Minutes of November 7, 2013 Meeting
    (Sharon Louie) [415/352-3638 sharonl@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. Staff Recommendation on a Contract with the Association of Bay Area Governments to Assist in an Evaluation of the Vulnerability and Risk to Sea Level Rise of Priority Development Areas Identified in Plan Bay Area[ pdf 111KB]

    The Commission will vote on whether to enter into an agreement with the Association of Bay Area Governments to provide up to $75,000 over one year to the Commission for its staff costs to support the evaluation of the vulnerability and risk to sea level rise of the Planned Development Areas (PDAs). The evaluation will support other work developing recommended strategies to decrease vulnerability and increase the region’s resilience to natural hazards that can be incorporated in Bay Area long-range community plans, including Plan Bay Area.
    (Wendy Goodfriend) [415/352-3646  wendyg@bcdc.ca.gov

  9. Public Hearing and Possible Vote on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Consistency Determination No. C2013.004.00 to Acquire a Portion of Alameda Point and Develop an Outpatient Clinic, Columbarium, and Least Tern Management Office[ pdf 2.6MB] Exhibits 1 // Exhibits 2
    Staff Recommendation // Exhibits

    The Commission will hold a public hearing and possibly vote on the VA’s consistency determination for its acquisition (from the U.S. Department of the Navy) of a 623.6-acre area at the former NAS Alameda site, the majority of which is located in the City of Alameda, Alameda County (the southwestern corner, is located in the City and County of San Francisco). Following acquisition, the VA proposes to construct a 158,000-gross-square-foot, two-story outpatient clinic, a public roadway, an 80-acre national cemetery (in phases through 2116), and a 2,500-square-foot management office focused on conservation of the federally-listed endangered California least tern on a 112.4-acre section of the property. The remaining 511.2 acres would be left remain undeveloped and managed for the California least tern. The VA would also provide the following public amenities: a 44,500-square-foot public shoreline area located west of the proposed cemetery with dedicated public parking; two public restrooms at the conservation management office; a public road with bicycle lanes and a sidewalk to access the shoreline; and an easement to an appropriate designee over a seasonal trail along the shoreline of the 511.2-acre area to be operated in a manner consistent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Biological Opinion for the project site.
    (Jaime Michaels) [415/352-3613  jmichaels@bcdc.ca.gov]
    (Bob Batha) [415/352-3612  bobb@bcdc.ca.gov]

  10. Public Hearing and Vote on Appeal No. 1-13, Tonnesen Pet Cemetery, Extension No. Six to Solano County Marsh Development Permit No. MD-82-12
    Staff Report and Recommendation // Exhibits

    The Commission will hold a public hearing and vote on whether the appeal of a time extension to Marsh Development Permit No. MD-82-12, issued by Solano County authorizing the continued operation of the Tonnesen Pet Cemetery on Scully Road, north of Potrero Hills and within the secondary management area of the Suisun Marsh, 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 Plan. If the Commission determines that a substantial issue is raised, a de novo hearing on the permit will be held at a future date.
    (Ming Yeung) [415/352-3616  mingy@bcdc.ca.gov]

  11. Staff Briefing on the Corte Madera Study [ pdf 1.8MB]

    Staff will brief the Commission on the Innovative Wetland Adaptation Techniques in Lower Corte Madera Creek Watershed project, a pioneering effort that examined the resilience of Bay tidal marshes and intertidal mudflats to sea level rise. The project culminated in the publication of the report “Corte Madera Baylands Conceptual Adaptation Strategy” that describes the flood risk reduction benefits baylands provide, and the specific measures that could be used to help maintain this and other key ecosystem services as sea levels rise.
    (Sarah Richmond) [415/352-3660  sarahr@bcdc.ca.gov

  12. 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.

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