FOR SPECIAL MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY EVENING, JUNE 16, 2009
The City Council of the City of Santa Clara met at 7:00 pm, on the above-mentioned date, for a Special Meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers.
The meeting was opened with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and the reading of an Invocation Prayer.
Present: Council Members Will Kennedy, Joe Kornder, Jamie L. Matthews, Jamie McLeod and Kevin Moore and Mayor Patricia M. Mahan. Absent: Council Member Dominic J. Caserta.
Staff present: City Manager, Assistant City Manager, City Planner, Director of Public Works/City Engineer, City Attorney and Office Specialist to the City Clerk.
MOTION was made by Matthews, seconded and unanimously carried (Caserta absent), that the Council excuse Council Member Caserta from attendance at this evening’s meeting.
PUBLIC HEARING: The Mayor declared the public hearing for consideration of The Gallery at Central Park Project, 900 Kiely Boulevard (former Kaiser Hospital site) regarding the request to allow the construction of up to 806 housing units, including 45 single family homes, 152 townhouses, 73 row houses and 536 multifamily (apartments) units [Fairfield Residential LLC applicant]. The Mayor reviewed the staff recommendations to 1) adopt a Resolution certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and adopting a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program; 2) adopt a Resolution approving the rezone from General Office (OG) and Professional Office (OA) to Planned Development – Master Community (PD-MC), subject to conditions; 3) adopt a Resolution approving a Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map to subdivide the three existing parcels totaling approximately 26 acres into five residential parcels and two open space parcels, for a total of seven lots, subject to conditions; 4) adopt Resolutions approving the Master Community Plan (MCP) and Development Area Plans (DAPs) 1-4; and 5) pass to print an Ordinance approving the Development Agreement with Fairfield Residential LLC and authorize the City Manager to execute all related documents. The City Manager informed the Council and audience that the Planning Commission voted to deny the project with a vote of seven to zero and that the developer’s responses to the Planning Commission’s concerns will be reviewed at this evening’s meeting. The City Planner reviewed the Director of Planning and Inspection’s report (06/11/09) and gave an electronic presentation summarizing the staff recommendations, the project timeline, public outreach for the project and additional information regarding the project. She showed an aerial photograph of the area, density study, proposed site plan, public access to open space and trails, the elevation drawings for the apartments, townhomes and row homes and additional information regarding the project. The Council noted the memo (06/16/09) submitted by the Executive Assistant to the Mayor and City Council regarding correspondence received regarding the project. The City Manager referred to information received on June 12, 2009 and June 15, 2009, after the agenda was posted, from the Pepper Tree Neighborhood. She also referred to a letter and a petition from Santa Clara residents in opposition to the project that was received on June 15, 2009, after the agenda was posted. A Council discussion followed and the City Manager, City Planner, Director of Public Works, City Attorney and Daniel Rubins, Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants, answered Council questions. Ed McCoy, Vice President, Fairfield Residential LLC, addressed the Council and reviewed his letter (06/08/09) and gave an electronic presentation regarding the project. Oscar Bazurto and Van Langston addressed the Council on behalf of the Pepper Tree Neighborhood Group and gave an electronic presentation regarding the Group’s concerns. The following people addressed the Council in support of the project: Margaret Bard (Housing Action Coalition of Santa Clara County), Angie Christensen, Larry Fargher (Santa Clarans for Fiscal Responsibility), Steve Van Dorn (Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau), Dave DeLozier, Anil Babbar (Santa Clara County Association of Realtors), Bena Chang on behalf of Shiloh Ballard (Silicon Valley Leadership Group), Lou Mariani, Brian Rysdorp, Robert Tragini (International Brotherhood of Electric Workers #332), Adam Montgomery, Mark Van Den Hewel (Sheet Metal Workers Union), Warren Barry (Plumbers and Pipefitters Union), Chris Coatsworth (union worker), Steve Morin (union worker), Dan Stover (union worker), Rudy Carrasco (Plumbers, Steamfitters, Refrigeration Fitters Union), Luke Vratny (Carpenter’s Local 405), Ravinder Lal, Scott Zengel (Bay Area Council) and Shiloh Ballard (Silicon Valley Leadership Group). The following people addressed the Council with concerns or in opposition to the project: Russell Wells, Charles Christensen, Stephen Hazel, Paul Ward, David Elliott, Carol Scheufele, Greg Val, Mark Langston, Marilyn MacNab, Dan Oprica, Rebecca Delongchamp, Keith Stattenfield, David McWalters, Lorraine May, Joe Rooney, Joseph Bouchard, Nancy Lang, Toni Ludwig, Perry Demorest, Mr. Feain, Lance Saleme, Kevin Park (electronic presentation), Arnold Rucker, Monica Deaton, Werner Gans, Judy Seip, Louis Rubalcara, Peg Rucker, S. Feain, Jennifer Bohic, unknown woman and Robert Smith. There being no further public input, MOTION was made by Kornder, seconded and unanimously carried (Caserta absent), that the public hearing be closed.
[The Council recessed for a few minutes and the Mayor reconvened the meeting.]
After Council’s concurrence to hear additional public input, Amanda Nguyen addressed the Council with concerns regarding the project. Mr. McCoy addressed the Council and requested that the Council allow the demolition of the site and continue the project to allow time to address the concerns expressed during public input. A Council discussion followed. MOTION was made by Matthews, seconded and carried with McLeod dissenting (Caserta absent), that the Council adopt Resolution No. 09-7641 entitled “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA, CERTIFYING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT, MAKING FINDINGS WITH RESPECT THERETO, AND ADOPTING A MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM FOR THE GALLERY AT CENTRAL PARK PROJECT LOCATED AT 900 KIELY BOULEVARD, SANTA CLARA SCH #20080022037, CEQ2008-01057 (Final EIR), PLN2007-06802 (application for rezoning), PLN2008-06920 (Tentative Parcel Map), PLN2009-07548 (Development Agreement)” which certifies the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and adopts the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program for the project and allows the demolition of the site to move forward; continue the public hearing for consideration of the project approvals to the July 7, 2009 Council meeting; direct the City Manager to work with the developer, based on the public input received at this evening’s meeting, to focus on reducing the impact of massing, density and traffic; and direct the City Manager to work with the developer to come back to Council with an analysis for a safe crossing alternative at Kiely Boulevard from Central Park and for additional parkland.
Under Public Presentations, Stephen Hazel addressed the Council with concerns regarding the proposed 49ers stadium project. David McWalters addressed the Council and complimented and thanked Police Officers Tom Nelson and Stephanie Blass for his recent participation in the Police Department “ride-along” program. Van Langston addressed and thanked the Council and City staff and expressed concern regarding the cutting of trees at the former Kaiser Hospital site. Oscar Bazurto addressed and thanked the Council for its time.
MOTION was made by Moore, seconded and unanimously carried (Caserta absent), that, there being no further business, the Special Meeting was adjourned at 10:54 pm in Memory of Lucille Guidici (elementary teacher at St. Clare School) to Tuesday evening, June 23, 2009 at 6:00 pm in the Reception Lobby Area for Interviews for the Cultural Advisory Commission and to 7:00 pm for the regular scheduled meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers.