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Public Hearing on Ordinance to Reduce Affordable Housing Requirements from 25% to 15%

On July 21, Alameda City Council will hold a public hearing on a new ordinance that attempts to bring into agreement the City’s inclusionary affordable housing requirement (25%) and the proposed density bonus ordinance (15%) for the redevelopment project areas West End Community Improvement Project (WECIP) and the Business and Waterfront Improvement District (BWIP.)

CITY COUNCIL/COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT COMMISSION
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

HEARING DATE:
The City Council of the City of Alameda will hold a public hearing to consider the project described below at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, City Council Chambers, Third Floor. All interested parties are invited to attend and participate in the hearing. The hearing is an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed project.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Introduce an ordinance amending the City of Alameda Municipal Code by adding Subsection 30-17 that will provide for density bonuses and concessions or incentives to projects that voluntarily propose affordable housing units and approve a resolution adopting a Negative Declaration in compliance with California Environmental Quality Act. (City Council)
a) Amend Community Improvement Commission Resolution #04-127 to reduce the inclusionary unit requirement policy for residential developments in the Business and Waterfront and West End Community Improvement project areas from at least 25% to at least 15%. (Community Improvement Commission)

ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINATION:
The City Council will consider adoption of a Negative Declaration, which is proposed following completion of an initial study that evaluated this project’s potential for significant environmental impacts.

REVIEW OF PROJECT INFORMATION:
Planning & Building Department staff are available to assist you in reviewing this project prior to the public hearing. The Planning & Building Department staff member for this project is Jon Biggs, who may be contacted at (510) 747-6884 or by fax at (510) 747-6853.

The file materials are available for your review at the City Planning & Building Department Office, Room 190, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda CA 94501 (510) 747-6800. Please contact Jon Biggs if you would like to schedule an appointment to review the project file. The staff report and recommendation for this project will be available after 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2009 on the City of Alameda web site at: www.ci.alameda.ca.us.

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