League of Women Voters of California
Height Limit for Construction on Former Navy Site Property
City of San Bruno
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To provide affordable senior housing, quality restaurant and hotel space, parks, transportation improvements, and removal of existing toxics at no cost to taxpayers, shall the height limit on the 20-acre Navy site across from Tanforan on El Camino Real be set at seven stories (90 feet) for hotel space, six stories (75 feet) for senior housing, five stories (70 feet) for apartments and offices, 35 feet for parking structure, complying with city development requirements?
The former U.S. Navy Site area includes 20 acres located along El Camino Real, across from Tanforan Park Shopping Center and north of I-380.
Voter approval is sought because Ordinance No. 1284, adopted by the City Council in 1977 in response to a citizens' initiative petition, requires "no building permits, grading permits or other approvals shall be issued to allow or authorize the initiation or construction of buildings structures, development projects or land uses," unless and until approved by the voters. Ordinance No. 1284 specifically refers to any structure over "three (3) stories or fifty (50) feet" or any "multi-story parking structures."
This Measure would allow the City, upon receipt of an appropriate application, to review, hold public hearings and deliberate upon, and approve, deny or modify any proposed development and inclusion of new buildings and related structures on the former U.S. Navy Site property without further voter approval, subject to the following conditions, restrictions and parameters:
As the former U.S. Navy Site is developed, the City and the Redevelopment Agency will receive increased property tax revenues. In addition, the City will receive transient occupancy (hotel) taxes.
A "yes" vote allows the City to consider an application for development of the former U.S. Navy Site, in accordance with the City's development approval process and subject to the conditions, restrictions and parameters.
A "no" vote means the City cannot consider any application for a building which exceeds three stories or 50 feet in height or for a multi-story parking structure.
This Measure would take effect if passed by a majority of the voters.
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|Arguments For Measure E||Arguments Against Measure E|
|Measure E will bring services beneficial to all San Bruno residents.
Measure E enables the construction of a transit-oriented development on the decommissioned Navy site along El Camino Real resulting in numerous services to San Bruno residents. We urge a Yes vote on Measure E.
Measure E resulted from a comprehensive planning process including many public hearings, neighborhood presentations, and extensive review from a San Bruno Citizen's Advisory Group. A specific plan was crafted responding to citizens'concems. The community agrees that the specifics of this project make it extremely beneficial to San Bruno.
Technically, Measure E sets specific height limits for buildings in the project including:
We urge you to join with us and hundreds of other San Bruno residents in voting Yes on Measure E and help us revitalize San Bruno for everyone's future.
Measure E does not require developments of a major hotel nor senior housing. Regardless of what anyone says, read the ballot measure. This is what you are voting on. The measure does not require anything. It simply raises the height limits.
San Bruno citizens should not raise the height limits until we get what we want.
This development will require additional municipal services. San Bruno needs a major hotel in order to generate much needed revenue to cover these services and provide vital new services to San Bruno residents. The developer will most likely build the high-rise office building and high-density apartments first since this is where the demand is. To quote Steve Padovan of the San Bruno City Planning Department, "The primary reason for office buildings is because they are the bread and butter of the developer." If we don't require the hotel and senior housing now there will be no leverage to get them in the future.
This measure does not insure the hotel or senior housing will be built.
If you want the hotel you must vote "NO" If you want senior housing you must vote "NO" If you want to maintain control over development of the Navy Site you must vote "NO"
NO HOTEL NO DEAL!!!
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|Measure E is not an issue of land use, it is an issue of leverage. The Citizens' Advisory Committee worked to develop a Specific Plan for the Navy Site, which includes a "flagship" hotel. Throughout this process, some members wanted to insure the residents of San Bruno would gain some benefit from this development and not simply get additional traffic, pollution, and high rise buildings, etc. Representatives of the City told the committee a hotel was priority and central to the Navy Site Specific Plan, that it would provide a significant financial stimulus to the City and would help offset the negative aspects of the Specific Plan. The Specific Plan, though not perfect and containing elements not particularly attractive to the intersection of Sneath Lane and El Camino Real, is essentially a good plan. Unfortunately, the City Council has provided a very weak and misleading Initiative Ordinance. Measure E does NOT REQUIRE that the hotel nor the senior housing facilities be built, it simply allows the developer to choose to build whatever they want in accordance to the new height limits listed. The Initiative Ordinance does not even reference the Specific Plan put together by your fellow citizens. The Ballot description is even misleading. Per Councilmember O'Connell, the only thing that the City will get at "No Cost" is the removal of hazardous materials. Why would we have to pay for the removal of hazardous materials on the Navy site? We voted NO on Measure C in 1999 and the City formed a Citizens' Advisory Committee. Let's vote NO now and demand the City and the developer guarantee to provide the hotel the committee agreed was necessary and the citizens were promised.
A Specific Plan was crafted which enables very precise uses for the Navy site affording the greatest planning guarantee possible that the projects listed will be built. This plan was overwhelmingly approved by the San Bruno Citizen's Advisory Committee and unanimously approved by the San Bruno Planning Commission and San Bruno City Council.
A Yes vote on Measure E is the only way all various buildings components, especially those most desired by San Bruno residents, can be built on the site.
The elements include:
|Text for Measure E|
AN INITIATIVE ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SAN BRUNO ALLOWING, SUBJECT TO CITY'S DEVELOPMENT PROCESSES, CONSTRUCTION OF PRIVATELY-OWNED STRUCTURES EXCEEDING THREE STORIES, INCLUDING HOTEL, SENIOR HOUSING, APARTMENTS, OFFICES AND A 35 FOOT PARKING STRUCTURE ON PROPERTY LOCATED IN THE VICINITY OF EL CAMINO REAL AND 1-380 ACROSS FROM TANFORAN PARK SHOPPING CENTER
The People of the City of San Bruno do ordain as follows:
SECTION 1: Upon appropriate application, the City of San Bruno shall have the authority to review, hold public hearings upon, deliberate upon, and approve, or deny, or modify any proposed development and inclusion of new buildings and related structures on the former Navy Site property without further voter approval, subject to the following conditions, restrictions, and parameters:
A. Any proposed hotel structure shall not exceed a maximum of seven stories or 90 feet in height;
SECTION 2: As used in this ordinance, the term "former Navy Site" means the area of approximately 20 acres, located within the City of San Bruno, bounded on the east by El Camino Real, on the south by I-380, across from Tanforan Park Shopping Center and made up of portions of San Mateo County Assessor's Parcel Numbers 020-013-060, 020-013-050, and 020-010-580, as more particularly described in Exhibit 1 to U.S. General Services Administration "Commodore Station Invitation for Bids for Sale of Government Real Property", circulated prior to the Bids for Sale of Government Real Property", circulated prior to the October 26, 2000 auction date.
SECTION 3: As used in this ordinance, the term "City of San Bruno" means the San Bruno City Council, the San Bruno Planning Commission, the Architectural Review Committee of the San Bruno Planning Commission, the San Bruno Redevelopment Agency, and any other officer or employee of the City of San Bruno, as set forth above, responsible for the approval and/or administration of projects involving physical development of real property in the City of San Bruno.
SECTION 4: In the event that any building or related structure is damaged by fire, explosion, flood, earthquake or other natural disaster or calamity, such building or related structure may be restored not to exceed the maximum permitted height or to exceed the number of stories approved by this ordinance without further voter approval, provided that any such reconstruction shall be in compliance with the applicable zoning, health and safety ordinances in effect at the time of such restoration.
SECTION 5: This ordinance constitutes an express exception to the requirements of any other ordinance of the City of San Bruno which would otherwise require approval by the voters of the City of San Bruno prior to approval of construction of any building or structure in excess of three (3) stories or fifty (50) feet in height, construction of any multi-story parking structure, and/or maximum density of residential development for senior housing.
SECTION 6: The height and the number of stories of any building or related structure, and the definitions of the words, terms, and phrases herein, shall be governed by the edition of the Uniform Building Code most recently adopted by the City of San Bruno.
SECTION 7: Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed to except the proposed development from any requirement or procedure adopted or established by any City ordinance or resolution, or by any country or regional law or regulation, or by state law or regulation concerning the development approval process of the City of San Bruno; further, nothing in this ordinance shall be construed to require the City of San Bruno approve any such development.
SECTION 8: If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or portion of this ordinance is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by the decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this ordinance. The people of the City of San Bruno hereby declare that they would have adopted this ordinance and each section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or portion thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, sentences, clauses, phrases or portions be declared invalid or unconstitutional.
SECTION 9: Pursuant to section 15378(b)(4) of the California code of Regulations, this initiative ordinance is exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in that it is not a project as provided by CEQA. However, the physical development of the site is subject to review and analysis as provided by CEQA.
SECTION 10: This ordinance shall take effect as provided in section 9217 of the Elections Code of the State of California.
SECTION 11: The City Clerk shall publish this ordinance according to law.