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Recap of 7/11 City Council Meeting
** (note: following are highlights only; for more detailed information, please see meeting minutes)
Blythe Young from Public Health Advocates and Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign presented the City of Novato with a Certificate of Recognition for becoming an active HEAL City.
Novato joined the HEAL Cities Campaign in 2012, the first step to demonstrating our commitment to improving the health of all Novato residents and of working harder to ensure there are lots of opportunities for active lifestyles and eating healthy, fresh food.
Jenna Famular from Marin Clean Energy (MCE) presented an overview on the Deep Green program including power content and outreach. The City’s participation in the Deep Green program, a stated goal in the City’s adopted Climate Change Action Plan, will save approximately 300 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which would meet 86% of the City’s 2020 target to reduce its emission levels.
COUNCILMEMBER/CITY MANAGER REPORTS/AGENDA REQUESTS
CONSENT CALENDAR - Council approved the items below with the following exceptions - Items 3, 4 and 5 were pulled to be discussed at a future Council meeting.
Item 3 - Adopt a resolution regarding Development Impact Fee Reports for 2014/15 and 2015/16 and associated five year findings and review and authorize the City Manager to file the Annual Development Impact Free Report for Fiscal Years 201/15 and 2015/16 (this item was pulled from the agenda to be discussed at a future City Council meeting)
Item 4 - Authorize the City Manager to sign a letter of support for Assembly Bill 435 (Thurmond) - Child Care Subsidy Plans: Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and Sonoma (this item was pulled from the agenda to be discussed at a future City Council meeting)
Item 5 - Authorize the City Manager to sign a letter of opposition for Senate Bill 649 (Hueso) - Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (this item was pulled from the agenda to be discussed at a future City Council meeting)
Item 6 - Approved plans and specifications and authorized bid advertisement for CIP Project No. 14-007 - Retaining Wall Replacement Simmons Lane and Sunset Parkway, and find that the project is exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15301, Subsection (C) & (D) Existing Facilities
Council held a public hearing regarding the proposed Oakmont Senior Living Facility project, a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly including 50 senior assisted living units, 28 memory care rooms and supporting facilities at 1461 S. Novato Blvd. Council approved the following:
- adopted a resolution adopting a CEQA mitigated negative declaration
- adopted a resolution approving a amendment to the Novato general plan land use map
- introduction of an ordinance adopting an amendment of the zoning map
- adopted a resolution approving the precise development plan
- adopted a resolution approving the subdivision tentative map
In 1997, the voters of Novato adopted an Urban Growth Boundary to constrain the expansion of "urban" development (e.g., that which require sewer and water utilities) into the rural areas surrounding the incorporated City limits. This voter approved initiative will expire in November 2017 unless extended or amended. At its meeting of March 7, 2017, Council voted to place the extension of the Urban Growth Boundary on the November 2017 ballot. On June 27, 2017, at its regular meeting, the City Council reviewed and provided feedback to staff on a draft ordinance amending the Novato General Plan to continue the Urban Growth Boundary for placement on the November 2017 ballot.
This project will provide general improvements to Novato Blvd between Diablo Avenue and Grant Avenue. Currently, there are two project alternatives that are being evaluated as a part of the preliminary environmental documentation phase—a three lane configuration and a five-lane configuration. Both alternatives will include bicycle and pedestrian facilities as well as improvements to the signalized intersections at Novato Blvd/Diablo Avenue and Novato Blvd/7th-Tamalpais Avenue. Additional project info is available at novato.org/novatoblvd.
Council received a presentation and adopted a resolution to amend the 17/18 Capital Improvement Program budget to modify the funding source of the Downtown SMART Station Project Phase II from a loan from the Hamilton Trust to City funds from two sources: $1 million from the Equipment Replacement Fund and $300,000 from the Emergency Reserve Fund.
The Downtown Novato SMART Station project is being implemented in three phases. Phase I work was completed in April 2017 and Phase II is anticipated for Fall 2017. Phase II work will include rail switches, electrical components, and other improvement required for the passenger train station to operate. Phase II includes the development of the City-owned lot adjacent to the station. Additional project info is available at novato.org/downtownstation.
Video of meeting
Upcoming meeting: July 25 at 6pm