City Council Supplemental Report
City Council Meeting: June 14, 2011
Agenda Item: 8-B
To: Mayor and City Council
From: Eileen Fogarty, Planning and Community Development Director
Subject: Planning Commission Recommendation regarding the Amendment to the Civic Center Specific Plan (11GPA-001) to allow increased square footage and removal of the surface parking lot for the Early Childhood Center (ECEC)
The Planning Commission unanimously recommended that the Council adopt this amendment with the following revisions and additions (the Commission’s revisions are shown in bold italic):
Revise Policy AD-12 as
follows: The facility shall be located along Civic Center Drive
the County Courthouse the Civic Center Parking Structure.
Its primary orientation shall be to the park.
There shall be a vehicular drop-off/short term parking area with
between 5 and 15 parking spaces along the eastern northern and/or
western side of the center accessed from Civic Center Drive. No vehicular
access or egress will be permitted from Fourth Street. Parking for employees
and visitors to the center shall be provided in the Civic Center Parking
Structure and other shared parking facilities within the Civic Center.
2. Revise Policy AD-16 as follows: The facility shall be set back from the Fourth Street frontage by a dimension sufficient to create a sidewalk and planting area of at least 20 feet. (increased from 15’)
3. Policy Addition (AD-18): The design should accommodate future joint use plans being considered and not preempt developments such as the continuation of the Michigan bike path as it crosses 4th Street.
4. Policy Addition (AD-19): The Fourth Street elevation shall be developed as a pedestrian friendly façade.
5. Policy Addition (AD-20): Visitor bicycle parking shall be provided in a visible location.
Prepared by: Elizabeth Bar-El, AICP, Senior Planner, Strategic & Transportation Planning Division