December 17, 2015 Commission Meeting Notice

December 17, 2015
1:00 pm
MetroCenter Auditorium
101 Eighth Street, Oakland
510.817.5700

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 strongly 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 5, 2015 Meeting
    (Sharon Louie) [415/352-3638; sharonl@bcdc.ca.gov]
  5. Report of the Chair
  6. Report of the Executive Director
  7. Commission Consideration Administrative Matters
    (Bob Batha) [415/352-3612; bobb@bcdc.ca.gov]
  8. Public Hearing and Possible Vote on the First Phase of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Phased Consistency Determination (C2015.006.00) of a Conceptual Plan to build 3.8 miles of levees and return approximately 2,900 acres of former salt ponds to tidal action adjacent to the San Jose Sewage Treatment Plant and the Community of Alviso in Santa Clara County
    The Commission will hold a hearing and possibly vote on the first phase of the Corps’ Phased Consistency Determination that the plan arising from the Corps’ design feasibility study to construct the South Bay Shoreline Phase 1 project is consistent with the Commission’s federally approved coastal management program. The plan would construct 3.8 miles of levee to protect the community of Alviso and the San Jose Sewage Treatment Plant, place approximately 136 acres of earth fill against the new levee to increase flood protection and create ecotone habitat, breach former salt pond berms to return approximately 2,900 acres of former salt ponds to tidal action, provide public access on the new levee, pedestrian bridges over Artesian Slough and the Union Pacific Railroad, and various overlooks and interpretive facilities. The breaches in salt pond berms would result in the loss of several miles of existing public trails. (Bob Batha) [415/352-3612; bob.batha@bcdc.ca.gov]
  9. Briefing on the ART Portfolio
    The Commission will receive a briefing from staff about the Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) Portfolio. This newly-launched website provides planning guidance, tools and information that have been developed, tested and refined by the ART Program team and various stakeholder working groups to address the specific challenges of climate change. In this briefing, staff will provide a virtual tour of the ART Portfolio resources. (Sara Polgar) [415/352-3654; sara.polgar@bcdc.ca.gov
  10. Briefing on the Climate Readiness Institute and BCDC
    The Commission will receive a briefing by Bruce Riordan of the Climate Readiness Institute (CRI) and Professor Kristina Hill of the University of California, Berkeley on CRI’s large scale research and consultations regarding climate change adaptation in the Bay Area and Professor Hill’s project to analyze various rising sea level resilience projects along the Bay shoreline. (Larry Goldzband) [415/352-3653; larry.goldzband@bcdc.ca.gov]
  11. Commission Review of Progress on the Commission’s Strategic Plan
    The Commission will review and provide comments on the progress of several of the objectives found in the Commission’s Strategic Plan. (Larry Goldzband) [415/352-3653; larry.goldzband@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.

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.