Thursday, April 17, 2014 AT 7:00 PM
1901 HEARST AVENUE, Classroom A & B
Berkeley, CA 94704
Wheelchair Accessible

The packet for this (and future) Design Review Committee meeting is available for review at the Berkeley Library main branch at 2090 Kittredge Street, or online on the Design Review Committee page under Boards and Commissions.

clip_image001.jpgThis meeting is being held in a wheelchair accessible location. 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 981-6345(TDD) at least three business days before the meeting date. Please refrain from wearing scented products to this meeting.

For Communications information and Legal Notice Concerning Your Legal Rights, please refer to the last page of this Agenda.

Meetings must adjourn by midnight, when room reservations expire. Please exit promptly.

  Jim Goring, Chair (Appointed by Zoning Adjustments Board)
  Robert Allen (Zoning Adjustments Board) 
  David Blake (Civic Arts Commission)
  Charles McCulloch (Appointed by Zoning Adjustments Board)
  Austene Hall (Landmarks Preservation Commission)
  George Williams (Zoning Adjustments Board)

The applicant and or their designee will have 5 to 10 minutes to make a presentation of their project to the Committee. The public is also invited to make a public comment if they wish. To do so, you should fill out a speaker card before the meeting starts and give it to the Secretary of the Committee. Please be advised that the Committee may limit the number of speakers and the length of time allowed to each speaker (3 minutes is the usual amount of time allowed). The public is also encouraged to submit their comments and or testimony in writing at which time it will become a part of the public record. CONTACT: Secretary of the Committee, Anne Burns, (510) 981-7410, 2120 Milvia Street.

Due to the large volume of projects, and the limited amount of time available to hear each project, the Design Review Committee has the right to re-arrange the order of the agenda in order to accommodate the projects that will not require a lot of time.
The next Design Review Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014.


1. 1499 UNIVERSITY AVENUE  [at Sacramento] (DRCF2014-0003): Final Design Review of a new 19,289 sq. ft. hotel and garage on a vacant site. The hotel will comprise 3 stories with 39 hotel rooms, Manager’s office and apartment, hotel lobby, off-street parking, and bicycle racks.

2. 1698 UNIVERSITY AVENUE [at McGee] (MODDRCP2013-0001): Continued Preliminary Design Review Modification to consider changes to approved plans for 5-story mixed-use building; current design includes 27,334 square feet of total floor area, 34 dwelling units, 3 live/work units, and 1,367 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, and 29 parking spaces.

3. 1951 SHATTUCK AVENUE [at Berkeley Way] (DRCP2013-0009): Preview to construct a new 120 foot tall, twelve story building with 78 residential units, 3,747 sq. ft. of ground floor retail and 6,194 sq. ft. of ground and second floor office space. 91 parking spaces and 20 bicycle stalls will be included in three levels of underground parking with garage and residential lobby entries located on Berkeley Way.

4. 2501 HASTE STREET  [at Telegraph Ave.] (DR#13-30000017): Preliminary Design Review to construct a six-story, mixed-use building with 5 floors of residential units above 29,926 square feet of commercial space. 16,524 square feet of open space is proposed in courtyard and roof decks.

            • Recent buildings in Berkeley – best practices
            • Side setbacks and window policy

            • Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes
                  A. Minutes from 03/20/2014 DRC Meeting 
                      Recommendation: Approve Minutes
            • Election of Committee Vice-Chair
            • Designate Subcommittee for Review of New Candidates for Committee Position


VIII. ADJOURN (by 11:15 pm)

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.

If you object to a decision by the Design Review Committee, the following requirements and restrictions apply:
1. If you challenge the decision of the City in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Design Review Committee at, or prior to, the public hearing.
2. You must appeal to the Zoning Adjustments Board within fourteen (14) days of the date of the action of the Design Review Committee.
3. Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 1094.6(b), no lawsuit challenging a City Council decision, as defined by Code of Civil Procedure Section 1094.6(e), regarding a use permit, variance or other permit may be filed more than ninety (90) days after the date the decision becomes final, as defined in Code of Civil Procedure Section 1094.6(b). Any lawsuit not filed within that ninety (90) day period will be barred.
4. Pursuant to Government Code Section 65009(c)(1), no lawsuit challenging a City Council decision, as defined by Code of Civil Procedure Section 1094.6(e), regarding a use permit, variance or other permit may be filed more than ninety (90) days after the date the decision becomes final, as defined in Code of Civil Procedure Section 1094.6(b). Any lawsuit not filed within that ninety (90) day period will be barred.
5. Pursuant to Government Code Section 66020(d)(1), notice is hereby given to the applicant that the 90-day protest period for any fees, dedications, reservations, or other exactions included in any permit approval begins upon final action by the City, and that any challenge must be filed within this 90-day period.
6. If you believe that this decision or any condition attached to it denies you any reasonable economic use of the subject property, was not sufficiently related to a legitimate public purpose, was not sufficiently proportional to any impact of the project, or for any other reason constitutes a “taking” of property for public use without just compensation under the California or United States Constitutions, the following requirements apply:
A. That this belief is a basis of your appeal.
B. Why you believe that the decision or condition constitutes a "taking" of property as set forth above.
C. All evidence and argument in support of your belief that the decision or condition constitutes a “taking” as set forth above.
If you do not do so, you will waive any legal right to claim that your property has been taken, both before the City Council and in court.