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December 18, 2008 Commission Meeting Notice

December 18 , 2008
1:00 p.m.
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.
    (Will Travis) [415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov]
  4. Approval of Minutes of November 6, 2008 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. Public Hearing and Vote on Proposed Revisions to the Commissions Regionwide and Abbreviated Regionwide Permits adobe 1.52MB
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and possibly vote on amending the Commissions regionwide and abbreviated regionwide permits. These are pre-issued permits for certain specified, minor projects and are intended to expedite the permitting process both for applicants and the Commission. The staff recommends the Commission amend these permits to, among other things: (1) allow in-kind repair and maintenance of authorized facilities; (2) combine certain regionwide permits authorizing closely-related facilities; (3) update the permits special and standard conditions; (4) specify some additional facilities and improvements that are related to those authorized in the existing permits; (5) expand the findings to explain why certain conditions have been included in the permit; and (6) various modifications designed to facilitate staff processing of these projects, such as renumbering the permits, reorganizing the conditions to follow the typical ordering of these conditions; and clarifying the distinction between regionwide and abbreviated permits. (Bob Batha) [415/352-3612 bobb@bcdc.ca.gov]
  9. Public Hearing on Permit Application No. 2-06 from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for the San Quentin Prison Condemned Inmate Housing Project in Marin County adobe 377KB
    The Commission will hold a public hearing on a permit application from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to construct a condemned inmate housing project at the San Quentin State Prison, in an un-incorporated portion of Marin County. The proposed project is a 40-acre facility within the prison which includes the construction of four new buildings, the largest of which would be a 768-cell complex for the housing of 1,152 condemned male inmates. The portions of the proposed project that are located within the Commissions jurisdiction include a guard tower, a gun locker building, a resurfaced road, paving, security perimeter fencing, a construction staging area for approximately two years, and a storm water outfall structure. To avoid security problems, in-lieu of providing public access within the prison complex, the applicant proposes to provide $932,000 for in-lieu public access that could be used for some combination of the following options: (1) a parking area and two view platforms located approximately 0.75 miles east of the project site, at Main Street in San Quentin Village; (2) a monetary contribution to the Marin Transportation Authority (TAM) to fully or partially fund a Bay Trail gap closure near Larkspur Landing and Corte Madera Creek on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard or a contribution to the County of Marin to fund a second Bay Trail gap closure along Sir Francis Drake near San Quentin Village. (Karen Wolowicz) [415/352-3669 karenw@bcdc.ca.gov]
  10. Consideration of Contract for Design Competition Advisor and Competition Awards adobe 77KB
    The Commission will consider authorizing the Executive Director to enter into related contracts, the total amount not to exceed $75,000, for an international design competition to generate innovative shoreline design solutions to sea level rise. One $25,000 contract would be awarded to Meckel Design Consulting to organize, promote and manage the competition. The remaining $50,000 would be spent on contracts with winning competition entrants for prize awards. The number and size of the awards has not been determined. (Brad McCrea) [415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov]
  11. Briefing on the Status of the Eelgrass Restoration Study as Mitigation Measure to Offset Impacts of New East Span Bay Bridge Project
    The Commission will receive an update from staff of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) regarding the status of the eelgrass off-site mitigation pilot project at North Basin in Berkeley. (Rafael Montes) [415/352-3670 rafaelm@bcdc.ca.gov]
  12. Briefing on the San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Project
    The Commission will receive a briefing from Marilyn Latta, Project Manager for the San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Project, on the current status of the Project. (Caitlin Sweeney) [415/352-3643 caitlins@bcdc.ca.gov]
  13. Consideration of Strategic Plan Status Report adobe 100KB
    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 plans goals and objectives. (Will Travis) [415/352-3653 travis@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.

Internet Access to Commission Meeting Material. Public notices of Commission meetings and staff reports dealing with most matters on the meeting agendas can be found on BCDC's website by selecting the date of the meeting after logging onto www.bcdc.ca.gov.

Questions and Staff Reports. If you have any questions concerning an item on the agenda or would like to receive notice of future hearings, or staff reports related to the item, please contact the staff member whose name, email address 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.