In This Issue

  1. Share Your Voice
  2. Meeting Updates
  3. Help Us Make the Point!

Action!
Share Your Voice!

Share Your Voice to create a vision for Alameda Point! A group of concerned citizens has created a mechanism to invite ALL Alamedans to participate in the creation of a vision for Alameda Point. You can access the survey via their web site: www.alamedapointvision.org

The following is a statement from the group: "The development at Alameda Point will be best served by community members adding their vision for what should be created. As with any process that involves collecting comments and viewpoints, the draft vision that will be created will encompass community feedback through a number of formats. The current working draft vision was adopted from a letter signed by over 125 Alamedans in the Summer of 2005 and sent to the Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Agency (city council). We are working together to strengthen the public conversation by providing a forum for people to help create and mold this draft vision. Over the next few months, we will work to provide multiple ways for people to add their input in an open and transparent way."

This process is not about one group trying to impose their proposal on others. It is truly about trying to involve all Alamedans in the planning process. In fact, the vision will remain a draft until responses have been gathered from the community. HOMES urges your participation!


Action!
Meeting Updates


No Tomatoes Thrown at Measure A Debate!

On November 8th, HOMES president Helen Sause and board member Doug Biggs participated in the Public Affairs Forum sponsored debate: "Should Article XXVI 'Multiple Dwelling Units' of the City of Alameda's Charter be Changed to Exclude Alameda Point?"

Helen and Doug argued that it is necessary to exclude Alameda Point from Measure A in order to fulfill the community vision for Alameda Point of a vibrant, walkable community that de-emphasizes the use of the automobile. Gretchen Lipow and David Howard took the position that it is not necessary to amend Measure A, which they contend would allow for 21.8 dwelling units per acre (Measure A requires a minimum lot size of 2000 square feet per unit). They believe that high enough density can be achieved through the use of duplexes and in-law units throughout the development and that this provides housing for a variety of incomes. Howard also recommended that Alameda apply for a "density bonus" from the state that would supercede Measure A and allow a significant increase in density up to 30 units per acre for ALL of Alameda, not just Alameda Point.

In response to this proposal, Helen and Doug emphasized that HOMES is suggesting that an increase in density be limited to Alameda Point and that density parameters be controlled through city action, not by state controls dictating land use for Alameda. HOMES recommends compact development in areas near shops and transit stops to encourage walking to work and shopping as well as use of transit. By allowing the inclusion of multi-unit housing, density can be achieved in a way that would enable more open space than would be allowed by the sole use of single-family homes and duplexes.

What was most significant about this event is that it was public and open and civil. Finally, this community is talking out loud and to each other about this important issue. Many agree on the vision for the outcome, but differ in the means to achieve the principles. The HOMES team believes that a mixture of housing types is essential to build a healthy community and the Action Alameda teams asserts that the building of only single-family homes and duplexes can achieve the community vision.


Alameda Point
SunCal Meeting

SunCal held their first of several community meetings on October 24th. At this meeting SunCal shared their company's strong financial resources and extensive experience. They then introduced their team of experts who in turn described the challenges and solutions to developing Alameda Point into a vibrant new neighborhood. The team includes civil engineers; geotechnical engineers; biotechnical engineers; a historic reuse team led by Phil Tagami; sustainable development experts; and the project designer, Peter Calthorpe.

The challenges outlined are daunting: soil instability, flood plain challenges, rising sea levels due to global warning, solvents and petroleum hydrocarbons in the soil…whew! Yet this team of experts expressed the belief that there are solutions to these issues and gave a very optimistic overtone to the meeting.

Peter Calthorpe presented the principles for this development:

  • Achieve high level of sustainability
  • Diversity and balance
  • Human scale development
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Utilization of existing buildings to achieve a jobs/housing balance
  • Region and neighborhood quality of life goals

The overall message from SunCal and its consultants is that this can be a development that serves our Alameda community; addresses the potential negative impacts on Alameda and the surrounding community; preserves and restores nature; combats global warming; and, most of all, is a people-oriented neighborhood that promotes a close-knit community similar to central Alameda.

SunCal also unveiled their new Alameda Point web site: www.alamedapointcommunity.com. Check out this site for project updates and meeting notifications.

The next planned SunCal community meetings are:

  • Thursday, December 13th: Development Scenarios
  • Wednesday, January 30th: Development Alternatives
  • Wednesday, February 13th: Parking and Public Improvement Standards
  • Wednesday, March 12th: Development Concept and Infrastructure Plan
  • Wednesday, April 2nd: ARRA Public Hearing
  • Wednesday, May 14th: Draft Master Plan

Save the dates! It is essential to inform ourselves and share the community's vision with SunCal.


The November 28th WRT/Solomon Community Workshop on Transportation and Land Use has been cancelled. Stay tuned for information on a future workshop.


Kiwanis Presentation

Helen presented the HOMES Power Point on the Community Vision for Alameda Point development at the Kiwanis luncheon on October 31st. We thank Kiwanis for inviting us! Helen shared the seven principles for Alameda Point development developed by the community and embodied in the City of Alameda General Plan, what those look like on the Main Island and the challenges to achieving them for Alameda Point. We appreciate the questions and comments shared in this meeting.

Gallagher & Lindsey Presentation

On October 31st Helen and Diane made a presentation to about 25 staff which resulted in a good internal discussion.


Help Us Make the Point!

HOMES has developed a 6 - 8 minute Power Point that illustrates the Seven Principles of the Community Vision for Alameda Point, all with photos from today's Alameda. This presentation also illustrates the opportunities available at Alameda Point to replicate the charm and tradition of Alameda and how many of those opportunities are no longer allowed. Many people have only a vague understanding of what Measure A prohibits and this presentation uses photos to aptly illustrate its limitations.

Are you part of a group that would like to learn more about this vital issue? Then please contact us and we'll be happy to make a presentation to your group or organization.


HOMES is a grassroots citizen’s group dedicated to promoting responsible development at Alameda Point. In this era of global warming, rising fuel prices, growing traffic congestion and ever-increasing housing prices, we are advocating for Alameda’s newest neighborhood to support sustainable growth that provides homes and jobs and addresses traffic issues for all Alamedans.

Support Education and Public Discussion of Alameda Point Development

HOMES’ needs your support for efforts to educate the community about the issues and opportunities surrounding redevelopment at Alameda Point. HOMES is solely funded by community contributions. Please send your donation to:

Rose Foundation/HOMES, 816 Grand St., Alameda, CA 94501

(Rose is our fiscal partner). Donations are tax-deductible.

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