This meeting is held in a wheelchair accessible location.
 PDF of Entire Agenda Packet 

Janauary 15, 2014                                                                                     North Berkeley Senior Center
7:00 PM                                                                                                    1901 Hearst Ave. / MLK Jr. Way

All written materials identified on this agenda are available on the Planning Commission webpage:


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.

4.   Planning Staff Report:  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
Approval of draft minutes of December 18, 2013.

8.   CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS (See “Consent Calendar Guidelines” below):  None.

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

9.   Public Hearing:                       
   General Plan Amendment Regarding Floor Area Ratio Increases in the
                                                            Telegraph Avenue Commerical (C-T) District.
       Recommendation/Action:         Hold a Public Hearing, then recommend to the City Council a General Plan
                                                            Amendment to modify the Avenue commercial section of the Land Use
                                                            chapter by increasing the Telegraph Avenue Commercial (C-T) District
                                                            FAR maximum from 3.0 and 3.5 up to a maximum of 5.0. 
      Written Materials:                       Attached. 
      Web Information:                        None
      Continued From:                        

10. Discussion/Action:                   City Council Referral:  Distance Between Drugstores. 
      Recommendation/Action:        Consider and provide direction to staff on the scope of zoning amendments to
                                                            control the distance between drugstores, as requested by the City Council. 
      Written Materials:                      Attached. 
      Web Information:                       
      Continued From:                        None.

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.

 Information Item: 

• New Environmental Sustainability Section in Council Reports: memo and supporting documentation from City Clerk.

 Communications in Packet:

• 2013-12-19 - Carolyn Corbelli, Letter re: Distance Between Drug Stores
• 2013-12-20 - Bobbi and Larry Steinhart, Letter re: Distance Between Drug Stores 

 Late Communications (received after Agenda deadline - distributed at meeting on December 18, 2013):

• Gene Poschman, Re: Future Agenda Item – Planning Commission - take up April 26, 2013, Council Referral on
    Drugstore Concentration, as soon as possible.
• Roland Peterson, Telegraph Business Improvement District, Re: Floor Area Ratios.
• Joann Sullivan, Seniors Resource Committee of the Berkeley Association of Realtors, Re: Recommendations
    regarding Accessory Dwelling units (ADUs).

Late Communications (received after the packet deadline and at the meeting, distributed at the meeting, on 1/15/14): 

• Guy Benveniste, Walgreens at Solano and Colusa
• Mark Delucchi, Re: Suggestion regarding the definition and regulation of department stores in Berkeley.
• Petition to keep Walgreens off Solano Ave., in Berkeley.
• Staff Beth Greene, Addendum to Staff Report-Item 9 


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 correscorrespondence to Commissioners prior to the meeting date, submit comments by 12:00 noon,
    eight (8) days before the meeting day (Tuesday) (email 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 records 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 accommoda-tion(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 the Commission Secretary at least three (3) 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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