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File #: 2022-2126   
Type: New Business
Body: Commission on Persons with Disabilities
On agenda: 6/15/2022
Title: Alameda Site A Development Universal Design Program
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 2022 draft Dev Plan Amendments

Alameda Site A Development Universal Design Program


To: Honorable Chair and Members of the Commission on People with Disabilities


Staff are working with Alameda Point Partners (APP) to develop a revised development plan for the second phase of the Site A development area at Alameda Point. The goal of the revised entitlement is twofold:

1. To restore the financial feasibility of the second phase of the previously approved development program.
2. To increase the number of housing units within the Site A development program in support of the City of Alameda (City) Housing Element update to accommodate Alameda's regional housing needs allocation (RHNA).

The purpose of this report is to evaluate the proposed revised plan's consistency with Alameda Municipal Code (AMC) 30-18 Universal Residential Design and subsection 30-18.5 Waivers. Staff is requesting that the Commission review and comment on the recommended waiver. The Commission's comments and recommendation on the proposed waiver will be transmitted to both the Planning Board and City Council to inform their final decisions on the necessary agreements and entitlements.


Universal Residential Design Ordinance. AMC 30-18 Universal Residential Design establishes citywide requirements to ensure that all new housing constructed in Alameda include design features that support the needs of people with disabilities. Sixteen percent (16%) of Alameda families report living with a family member with a disability.
The Universal Design Ordinance (Ordinance) requires that 100% of Alameda's new homes are "visit-able" by any visitor with mobility issues or a physical disability and that 30% of the new homes in all large-scale developments (over 10 units) are designed to be "live-able" by a person with mobility issues or a physical disability. The Ordinance recognizes that the standard may need to be waived or adjusted in some cases, and therefore, the ordinance inc...

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