Planning Board: New Kindergarten Classroom

On Monday's agenda: a new classroom for St. Joseph Elementary and parceling up a vacant lot on Versailles Avenue. An item on the Draft Bicycle Design Guidelines has been moved to the Aug. 27 meeting.

Update (12:45 p.m.) — The review of the Draft Bicycle Design Guidelines has been moved to the Aug. 27 meeting. City commissioners and members of the public have been considering guidelines for Alameda's bikeways, signage and bicycle parking facilities the since December 2011. The document includes regulations for bicycle lanes and crossings, signage, and both short and long-term bicycle parking — from racks to lockers, cages and bike rooms. At the Aug. 27 meeting, the board will review of the Draft Bicycle Design Guidelines and public comments on the proposals, plus Transportation Commission notes on the document.

The agenda for the July 23 meeting includes:

  • An ammendment to the use permit for the  at Encinal and Central Avenues to allow Saturday auto-repair service and diesel fuel sales in exchange for reduced business hours during the week. The business had previously exchanged these services for longer weekday hours, and is now requesting a reversion.
  • A proposed subdivision map for the vacant 1.29-acre lot at the corner of Fernside Boulevard and Versailles Avenue. The owner wants to divide the vacant property into 11 parcels, ranging in size from 4,050 sq. ft. to 5,289 sq. ft., with the intention of selling the parcels individually or in small groups for custom home development. 
  • Amendments to the development plan for the Catellus Retail Center project at Alameda Landing, changing the location of a bus stop and subsequent 30-foot exit "taper" area and street striping. The original proposed location for the bus stop was the southwest corner of Mitchell and Mariner Square Loop, which is at the back of the Target building next to the truck loading dock. City staff and Catellus are requesting the removal of this bus stop from the proposal, stating that it is not necessary.

The Alameda Planning Board will meet Monday, July 23 11 at 7 p.m. in the , 2263 Santa Clara Ave. The complete agenda and related staff reports are available on the City of Alameda website.

John Knox White July 23, 2012 at 07:02 PM
It should be noted that the Bicycle Design Guidelines discussion has been cancelled tonight and continued to the 8/27 meeting.
Emily Henry July 23, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Thanks John! We'll update the article.
Lisa Goodwin July 23, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I hope they don't jack up Shoreline and make it one lane in each direction....Traffic is already a nightmare on Otis from High to Park and this will only make it worse. Make the existing bike path (which it was originally made for - not dogs, joggers, and strollers) wider or add another path above it.....better yet, paint a double yellow line down the middle for the people that use it.... teach etiquette don't enable it
hobnob July 24, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Lisa I agree with your sentiments and emailed in my comments/suggestions. While it's nice that they want to expand shoreline for more bikes and pedestrians, which I'm in favor for, let's get real, you will not reduce traffic if you make it one lane each, in fact, you'll make it worse. Just expand the path and clearly mark one path for pedestrians (keep them on the path that exists now) and create another path for bikes/rollerbladers/skateborders or any vehicle going faster than a brisk walk pace. That would mean you'd have to push out the brush/plans a few feet closer to the beach. Who wanted this change on Shoreline anyway? I live near shoreline, I use it everyday, so of course I have an opinion. I use ACTransit every weekday. Just b/c you make it less desirable for cars doesn't mean people abandon them... you must have realistic alternatives for people to give up their cars for a different mode of transportation.


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