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File #: 2022-1909   
Type: Consent Calendar Item
Body: City Council
On agenda: 5/3/2022
Title: Adoption of Resolution Approving a Final Map and Authorize the Interim City Manager to Execute a Subdivision Improvement Agreement for Tract 8610, Alameda Marina Townhomes. (Public Works 31041520)
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - Final Map Tract 8610, 2. Exhibit 2 - Subdivision Improvement Agreement, 3. Resolution

Title

 

Adoption of Resolution Approving a Final Map and Authorize the Interim City Manager to Execute a Subdivision Improvement Agreement for Tract 8610, Alameda Marina Townhomes. (Public Works 31041520)

 

Body

 

To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

On July 16, 2019, the City Council approved with conditions, Tentative Map 8500 per City of Alameda Resolution No 15570.  On November 17, 2020, the City Council approved the Final Map for Tract 8500 per City of Alameda Resolution No 15772.  Tract Map 8500 subdivided the Alameda Marina Site into five developable lots. Tract 8610 is the “small lot” subdivision shown on Tentative Map 8500, further subdividing Lot 5 of Final Map Tract 8500 into 31 lots, consistent with Phase 2 of the Alameda Marina Master Plan (Master Plan). Public Improvements associated with Tract Map 8610 includes the construction of a portion of the Waterfront and Open Space area consistent with the Tentative Map.  Staff recommends adoption of a resolution approving the Final Map and authorizing execution of a subdivision improvement agreement for Tract 8610, Alameda Marina Townhomes.

 

BACKGROUND

 

In July 2018, the City Council certified the Alameda Marina Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) and approved the Master Plan which established standards, maps and diagrams for the development of a mixed use plan for the property that provided for up to 760 multifamily housing units, up to 250,000 square feet of commercial and maritime commercial space, approximately 3.6 acres of shoreline open space, 17.1 acres dedicated to marina operations, and a 530 slip marina.

 

On June 24, 2019, the Planning Board (PB) reviewed Tentative Map No. 8500 and clarifying amendments to the Master Plan, and unanimously recommended that the City Council approve the tentative map.  On July 16, 2019, the City Council approved Tentative Map No. 8500 and all supporting documents and exhibits, determining that the Tentative Map is consistent with the General Plan, Alameda Municipal Code (AMC), and Master Plan requirements for the property. The Final Map for Tract 8500 was approved by the City Council on November 19, 2020 pursuant to Resolution 15722.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The Master Plan, Tentative Map, and Design Review Approval were approved to construct up to 760 residential units and up to 250,000 square-feet of commercial space on the 44 acre site located at 1815 Clement Avenue, commonly known as Alameda Marina.  The development includes 27 acres of uplands and submerged lands and approximately 17 acres of waterfront and submerged lands (tidelands) owned by the City of Alameda (City) in trust for the State of California. Tract Map 8500 subdivided the privately owned 27 acres and created five developable lots and four additional parcels for parking, open space, and maritime purposes. Tract 8610 is the “small lot” subdivision proposed on Tentative Map 8500, located at 2021 Clement Avenue. The “small lot” subdivision is the second component of the overall phased development outlined in the Master Plan.

Since approval of the Alameda Master Plan, the Alameda Marina project has completed over $7 million of frontage improvements along the Clement Avenue right of way and has expended over $30 million on seawall, shoreline, and sea level rise improvements.  The 368 rental units (including 49 deed restricted affordable units) planned for phase 1 of the project are currently under construction with completion set for third quarter 2023, and the 182 for-sale townhome units (including 25 affordable units) in phase 2 will begin construction this summer with completion scheduled for 2024. The maritime core area is anticipated in 2024/2025 after completion of the adjacent residential buildings and shoreline improvements.  The third and final residential phase is scheduled to be compelted in 2025/2026 and will include an additional 226 units with 30 affordable units along with final completion of the shoreline public access improvements. 

Tract 8610 further subdivides of Lot 5 of the Final Map for Tract 8500 into 31 lots and 25 additional parcels for private roadways, parking, public trail, and open space. This subdivision will dedicate additional public access and utility easements along the parcels and through the lots to provide and maintain public access to the City owned tidelands and bay trail extension. Public improvements associated with Tract Map 8610 include the construction of portions of the Bay Trail, Harbor View Park, and public parking lot. These improvements are consistent with the Master Plan and Tentative Map.

 

The tract infrastructure includes sanitary sewer and storm drain lines, sidewalk, curb and gutter, street pavement, and landscaping.  In-tract streets will be privately maintained by the respective property owners and/or homeowner’s association.  Public access and public utility easements will be granted to the public overall in tract streets. 

 

Approval of a final subdivision map is an administrative, ministerial, and mandatory action by the City Council once the City Engineer has determined that the Final Map is in substantial compliance with the previously approved tentative subdivision map and is technically correct.  The Planning, Building, and Transportation Department and the Public Works Department completed their reviews of the improvement plans and Final Map for Tract 8610, Alameda Marina Townhomes.  The Final Map has been reviewed and determined to be technically correct and in substantial conformance with the approved tentative map, conditions of approval, and mitigation measures. Staff has determined that the developer has satisfied all conditions of approval necessary to record the Final Map for Tract 8610.

 

Staff negotiated the Subdivision Improvement Agreement (SIA), attached as Exhibit 2, with LS-Alameda Marina, LLC for the construction and completion of the public and private improvements within Tract 8610.  LS-Alameda Marina, LLC provided performance and labor and material bonds in the amounts of $13,017,000 each.  The City Attorney has reviewed and approved as to form the SIA and bonds as the form of security.

 

ALTERNATIVES

 

                     Approve the Final Map for Tract 8610 as recommended.

                     Remand the project back to staff for further consideration and evaluation on any specific Tentative Map condition of approval.

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT

 

All improvements are private and will be constructed by the subdivider and maintained by the property owner.  There is no impact to City funds.

 

MUNICIPAL CODE/POLICY DOCUMENT CROSS REFERENCE

 

As described above, the recommended Final Map for Tract 8610, Alameda Marina Townhomes is consistent with the General Plan, the Zoning Ordinance, and the Alameda Marina Master Plan.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

 

Approval of the Final Map and the SIA is exempt from California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Public Resources Code section 21080(b)(1) (ministerial projects) and CEQA Guidelines section 15268 (ministerial projects).  As a separate and independent basis, a Final EIR was certified by the City Council on July 10, 2018 for the Alameda Marina Project in accordance with CEQA, and no further review is required pursuant to Public Resources Code section 21166 and CEQA Guidelines section 15162.

 

CLIMATE IMPACTS

 

The project will contribute to the City’s Climate Action and Resiliency Plan goals to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, increase quality of life on the island, and adapt to climate change impacts. The overall development plan for the Alameda Marina supports alternative transportation by participating in a Transportation Demand Management program, providing a dock location for water shuttle service across the estuary, and a number of bicycle path improvements including constructing a portion of the Cross Alameda Trail.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

Adopt a resolution approving the final map and authorize the Interim City Manager to execute a Subdivision Improvement Agreement for Tract 8610, Alameda Marina Townhomes.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Erin Smith, Public Works Director

 

By,

Robert Vance, City Engineer

Andrew Thomas, Planning, Building, & Transportation Director

 

Financial Impact section reviewed,

Margaret L. O'Brien, Finance Director

 

Exhibits:

1.                     Final Map, Tract 8610, Alameda Marina

2.                     Subdivision Improvement Agreement

 

cc:                     Gerry Beaudin, Interim City Manager