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February 15, 2012                                                                                     City Council Chambers, Old City Hall
7:00 PM                                                                                                            2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way


All written materials identified on this agenda are available on the Planning Commission webpage: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=13072 


1.  Roll Call.
2.  Order of Agenda:  The Commission may rearrange the agenda or place additional agendized items on the Consent Calendar.
3.  Public Comment:  Comments on subjects not included on the agenda.  Speakers may comment on agenda items when the Commission hears those items.  See “Public Testimony Guidelines” below.
 Planning Staff Report and Future Agenda Items:  In addition to the items below, additional matters may be reported at the meeting.
5.  Chairperson’s Report:  Report by Planning Commission Chair.
6.  Committee Reports:  Reports by Commission committees or liaisons. In addition to the items below, additional matters may be reported at the meeting.
7.  Approval of Minutes: January 18, 2012 (attached).
8.  Other Planning-Related Events (none). 

CONSENT Calendar items:  See “Consent Calendar Guidelines” below.

Agenda Items:  All agenda items are for discussion and possible action.  Public Hearing items require hearing prior to Commission action.



Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update



Consider information provided in presentation and provide feedback.


Written Materials:



Web Information:



Continued From:





Downtown Berkeley Design Guidelines 



Consider the Downtown Berkeley Design Guidelines (2012).  Either recommend changes, or adopt the guidelines as presented.


Written Materials:



Web Information:



Continued From:





Election of officers for 2012



Conduct election of Chair and Vice-Chair for a one-year term beginning in March 2012.


Written Materials:



Web Information:



Continued From:


ADDITIONAL AGENDA ITEMS:  In compliance with Brown Act regulations, no action may be taken on these items.  However, discussion may occur at this meeting upon Commissioner request.


12.  Revised Green Pathway Chapter.


  • Liz Menkes, Director, Northern California Operations Center for Municipal Solutions:  Flyer Invitation to Complimentary Workshop:  Cell Towers-- Preventing Litigation by Understanding the Issues
  • Avram Gur Arye:  Downtown Design Guidelines
  • AC Transit:  East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Final Environmental Impact Report/Statement available for review and comment:  http://www.actransit.org/planning-focus/east-bay-bus-rapid-transit/


  • John English:  Downtown Berkeley Design Guidelines – Comments
  • Commissioner Poschman:  Green Pathway RFD
  • Commissioner Poschman:  Green Pathway Lines 93-96 – Different from Motion


  • Commissioner Novosel:  Downtown Berkeley Design Guidelines - Additional wording for bay windows and other projections.
  • Steve Finacom:  Downtown Berkeley Design Guidelines - Suggested addition to page 6-6 regarding signs on taller buildings.
  • Staff Sarah Tyler (BFD):  Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update - PowerPoint presentation.


Meeting Procedures

Public Testimony Guidelines:

Speakers are customarily allotted up to three minutes each.  The Commission Chair may limit the number of speakers and the length of time allowed to each speaker to ensure adequate time for all items on the Agenda.  To speak during Public Comment or during a Public Hearing, please line up behind the microphone.  Customarily speakers are asked to address agenda items when the items are before the Commission rather than during the general public comment period.  Speakers are encouraged to submit comments in writing.  See “Procedures for correspondence to the Commissioners” below.

Consent Calendar Guidelines:

The Consent Calendar allows the Commission to take action with no discussion on projects to which no one objects.  The Commission may place items on the Consent Calendar if no one present wishes to testify on an item.  Anyone present who wishes to speak on an item should submit a speaker card prior to the start of the meeting, or raise his or her hand and advise the Chairperson and the item will be pulled from the consent calendar for public comment and discussion prior to action. 

Procedures for correspondence to the Commissioners:

  • To distribute correspondence to Commissioners prior to the meeting date, submit comments by 12:00 noon, eight (8) days before the meeting day (Tuesday).  Email is preferred.
  • If correspondence is more than twenty (20) pages, requires printing of color pages, or includes pages larger than 8.5x11 inches, please provide 15 copies.
  • Any correspondence received after this deadline will be given to Commissioners on the meeting date just prior to the meeting.
  • Staff will not deliver to Commissioners any additional written (or email) materials received after 12:00 noon on the day of the meeting.
  • Members of the public may submit written comments themselves early in the meeting.  To distribute correspondence at the meeting, please provide 15 copies and submit to the Planning Commission Secretary just before or at the beginning of the meeting.
  • Written comments should be directed to the Planning Commission Secretary at the Land Use Planning Division (Attn: Planning Commission Secretary).

Communications Are Public Records:  Communications to Berkeley boards, commissions, or committees are public record and will become part of the City’s electronic records, which are accessible through the City’s website.  Please note:  e-mail addresses, names, addresses, and other contact information are not required, but if included in any communication to a City board, commission or committee, will become part of the public record.  If you do not want your e-mail address or any other contact information to be made public, you may deliver communications via U.S. Postal Service or in person to the secretary of the relevant board, commission, or committee.  If you do not want your contact information included in the public record, please do not include that information in your communication.  Please contact the secretary to the relevant board, commission, or committee for further information.

Written material may be viewed in advance of the meeting at the Planning and Development Department, 2118 Milvia Street, First Floor, during working hours, or at the Main Branch Library, Shattuck/Kittredge Streets, during regular library hours at the Reference Desk.

Accommodations Provided Upon Request.  To request a disability-related accommodation(s) to participate in the meeting, including auxiliary aids or services, please contact the Disability Services Specialist at 981-6342(V), or 981-7075 (TDD), and/or Commission Secretary at least three business days before the meeting date.  Five (5) business days are needed to request a sign language or oral interpreter.

Note:  If you object to a project or to any City action or procedure relating to the project application, any lawsuit which you may later file may be limited to those issues raised by you or someone else in the public hearing on the project, or in written communication delivered at or prior to the public hearing.  The time limit within which to commence any lawsuit or legal challenge related to these applications is governed by Section 1094.6 of the Code of Civil Procedure, unless a shorter limitations period is specified by any other provision.  Under Section 1094.6, any lawsuit or legal challenge to any quasi‑adjudicative decision made by the City must be filed no later than the 90th day following the date on which such decision becomes final.  Any lawsuit or legal challenge, which is not filed within that 90‑day period, will be barred. 

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