Presentation on theme: "City of Brisbane Open Space & Ecology Committee April 27, 2006 Baylands EIR Scoping."— Presentation transcript:
City of Brisbane Open Space & Ecology Committee April 27, 2006 Baylands EIR Scoping
“Development decisions are to be analyzed so as not to overwhelm the long-term environment and in a manner that provides for sustainable development.” General Plan IV.4 Environment and Natural Resources
Project Goals Goals will guide the evaluation of the proposed development or any project alternatives. Goals will provide a framework for identifying “significant” impacts under CEQA. Beyond limiting negative impacts, Committee has put forward a positive vision for creating a thriving and sustainable Baylands.
Project Goals Energy Open Space Green Building Transit Infrastructure Views Local/Regional Environment Global Environment
Energy The development should generate sufficient power from on site renewable sources to be primarily self-sufficient. The project should be designed to minimize demand for energy and maximize conservation and efficiency. A comprehensive energy plan should be developed that includes renewable energy sources such as wind, photovoltaic solar electricity, and passive solar design.
Energy Consider whether project has the potential to generate renewable energy beyond the project’s needs.
Open Space The project should maximize open space
Open Space Open Space vs. Open Area? “Open Space” – lands that are essentially unimproved and dedicated or proposed to be dedicated to the public for outdoor recreation and for the preservation of biotic communities. “Open Area” –parcels primarily in private ownership that serve to soften the impacts of urban development and otherwise provide primarily green areas and a feeling of ‘openness’ to the development pattern.
Open Space Plan City of Brisbane August 2001 Figure 8 Priority Resources, Baylands
Open Space Greenways and small nature preserves should be incorporated throughout the Baylands. Open space that is designed to undergo natural change over time. A wetland river park with seasonal flood plain. Open space linked to San Bruno Mountain and the Bay. S.F. Bay native plant materials for landscaping.
Green Building The project should achieve the LEED Silver standard for Green Building
Green Building Conserves resources Minimizes waste and pollution Maximizes energy and resource efficiency Promotes healthy indoor environments
Green Building What is LEED? Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design The U.S. Green Building Council developed LEED in order to define “green building” by establishing a common standard of measurement.
Proposed LEED Plus Credits Renewable electricity Interior water use reduction Indoor Air Quality Enhanced commissioning Light pollution reduction Parking capacity
Transit The project should offer a range of transportation choices
Transit Lessen dependence on automobiles, decrease congestion and pollution, and reduce the use of fossil fuels through diverse transportation opportunities: Walking Biking Public transportation.
Views The project should maintain the quality of Brisbane’s San Francisco Bay views
Minimize light trespass and light pollution Views
Infrastructure The project should minimize the impacts of new development on the surrounding existing infrastructure
Infrastructure New infrastructure should: protect natural features. avoid negatively impacting natural areas such as Ice House Hill.
Local/Regional Environment The project should minimize impacts on the local and regional environment
Local/Regional Environments Storm water and grey water recycling Reduce impacts on air quality and traffic Minimize waste generation
Global Environment The project should minimize global environmental impacts
Global Environment Conduct climate impact analysis. Minimize greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
Other Issues to be Studied in the EIR Explore funding mechanisms for maintenance of natural areas. Evaluate freshwater resources and impacts on the salinity of the Bay. Evaluate the impact of present industrial operations in the Baylands.
Other Issues to be Studied in the EIR Remediation Consider remediation of contaminants to the highest standard possible, regardless of end use. Study alternative methods for remediation, including capping, hauling away contaminants, and bioremediation.
General Plan Policy 172: “…it is of the highest priority that contaminated lands in Brisbane be remediated.”
A Sustainable Baylands Minimize negative impacts on the local, regional, and global environment Maximize renewable energy, open space, green building, and resource conservation