Still waiting for the “Final Official Results”, however this is very promising.
Author: Marty Medina
Questions and Answers…
Following is my updated response to the following questions from a community member…
“What are your priorities? What is your vision?
Public Safety: Public Safety is the number one responsibility of a city council. I have consistently supported maintaining a strong police department whenever the budget allowed it. I voted to increase the number of police officers to pre-covid personnel levels during the last budget session. Likewise I have been a strong supporter of maintaining our fire department to address fire mitigation in Crestmoor Canyon and other open spaces. This includes the replacement of the fire engines and pumpers as needed. In fact two replacement fire engines were put into service last month.
There are a number of ways to improve public safety that have not been undertaken in the past. Thieves thrive in dark spaces and many of our streets can be brightened up by installing new solar powered street lights. Staff has completed testing some solar streetlights and the initial review has been positive. I will work with Peninsula Clean Energy, where I have served on the Board of Directors since 2016, to assist cities in transitioning to this safety improvement.
San Bruno has benefited from the installation of license plate readers and security cameras to catch those breaking the law. However the amount of crime has been overwhelming. Sadly during the past year in my neighborhood we have had more incidents of break-ins in our cars and thefts from our porches. We need to encourage our residents to look out for each other and increase the number of neighborhood watch groups. We also need to provide incentives to residents to install their own security lights/cameras and register them with the Police Department.
The Traffic Safety and Parking Committee (TSPC) has been equipped with better tools to address speeding. However the process is too cumbersome similar to the Residential Parking Permit Program. I remain in favor of the installation of speed bumps to slow down those that choose to drive at unsafe speeds and the painting of red curbs to improve the line of sight at intersections. We also need to address problematic parking of vehicles from auto repair shops in our neighborhoods. Our residents on some streets have been overwhelmed by these vehicles taking up a large portion of the available parking. There are also long-historical problems with large vehicles turning into residential streets north of San Bruno Avenue. We have old problems that need new solutions.
In addition, a Safe Route to Schools study is underway which will provide additional analysis to take proactive measures to improve safety near schools. With council support we can expedite the speed bumps in known areas within District 4: Huntington/San Antonio, San Anselmo, 1st Avenue, 7th Avenue, Walnut, Herman, and around Florida Park). Complaints about speeding is the number one issue I have heard while campaigning.
City Revenues: We need more revenue to do more. Revenues are increasing based on efforts identified in the Comprehensive Fiscal Sustainability Project. The city council and San Bruno voters have increased our city’s revenues to pay for additional services and projects: Measure G was a significant increase (pre-covid estimate $4 million/year), renegotiated contracts with Walmart.com ($4 million/year) and Artichoke Joe’s ($900K/year). However we must continue improving our revenue streams for fiscal sustainability. There is no “pot of gold” out there. There is no “silver bullet” that solves our financial problems. We must look at all potential sources of revenue.
The City is negotiating to sell the old Navy site property next to Jack’s to a Hyundai dealership. This will provide $1million/year in taxes… details on the net gain from the sale are not finalized, however the great news is the Hyundai dealer is demonstrating their commitment to San Bruno by opening a temporary dealership in the old Sears building at Tanforan, meaning tax dollars from this business can begin flowing within a few months and not have to wait for the completion of the new dealership’s building.
Development Impact Fees (DIF) make sure developers pay their fair share. However these one-time payments are not enough. These fees are estimated at $157 million upon the permitting of various projects however there are an additional $310 million of unfunded Capital Improvements. Nonetheless we are expecting the first significant DIF and community benefits through the BayHill Specific Plan from YouTube worth approximately $56 million for Phases 1 and 2 of their expansion plans. Where will the council decide to spend these funds? I look forward to the public discussion.
The council has directed staff to continue with expanding revenue sources such as Short Term Rental fees (AirBnb) and Cannabis businesses. These initiatives have taken longer than expected however they recently approved in the past month.
Infrastructure improvements: It is important that the Recreation and Aquatics Center (RAC) is constructed on time and within budget. This project will hopefully increase the trust in our community; the council and staff can complete what we said we were going to do. We must also continue investing in our streets, water mains, sewers and sidewalks. Some neighborhoods now enjoy new water and sewer mains, curb ramps and street paving. The city’s contractor is now working on the west side of San Mateo Avenue between Angus and Kains. The next phase is in the Avenues south of Pine Street. A lot of work has been done and it is budgeted to continue. Unfortunately it takes longer than we would prefer.
Our streets are overdue for repair. This year the council budgeted nearly six million in funding to improve our streets. This is a good start and much more needs to be done. I will lead the effort to address this issue with clear communication, identified funding, a realistic plan, and an implementation schedule.
We need to address the budget deficit in the stormwater enterprise fund. The revenue from the portion of storm water property taxes have never increased since 1994. This has resulted in a $600,000+ shortage that gets paid from our General Fund.
Parking: I worked on the Residential Parking Permit Program (RPPP) however it needs to be revised into an easier format so residents can make quicker choices in its implementation. A majority of the council has expressed an interest to revise the process and I will continue to seek our community input. Tom Hamilton and I worked on the first round and I look forward to working with him again.
Affordable Housing I am in favor of increasing housing in San Bruno. We need to develop partnerships with affordable housing developers. Our Affordable Housing Fund is growing with city council approved Development Impact Fees (February 2019). YouTube’s Phase 1 & 2 contribution is approximately $10 million. By entering into a partnership, we will have better control over the housing quality, the number of units, and the locations that minimize impacts to our existing neighborhoods.
I voted in favor of staff releasing of the “Reimagine Tanforan Fact Sheet” to advise the development community that a new Tanforan can be developed with a minimum of 1,000 housing units, life science buildings, and retaining retail space. This project is proceeding and we are scheduled to have the first public project meeting this month.
Downtown: I will continue to advocate for improving our Downtown. We replaced the garbage cans, increased the sidewalk power washing to monthly, changed the parking zones to encourage short term parking at various locations, we are moving forward with parking meters, and we recently moved forward with the redesign of Centennial Plaza (approximately $900K – funding to be determined). While meeting with property owners we need to address the parking problems. I have been asked by many business owners to provide a draw to our downtown by hosting farmer markets, street festivals and making our downtown more inviting. We need to improve our wayfinding signage to our parking lots, plant trees in the ground, and enforce the existing property maintenance requirements. We need to decide on the next step in the San Mateo Avenue Streetscape Plan. We have to provide encouragement to property owners to maintain their properties and eliminate vacances.
Affordability. I have consistently voted against water and sewer rates increases. Additionally I voted to suspend this past year’s five percent increase. It was clear to me that we are not spending the money as quickly as we have been raising the rates. We are having a consultant perform a required rate study this year. This study should include the projected development that is expected which will result in more revenue to the water and sewer enterprise funds. More funds means less increases.
Environment: I am an advocate for completing our Climate Action Plan. I have served as San Bruno’s representative on the Board of Directors of Peninsula Clean Energy since 2016 and also serve on the Executive Committee. PCE provides energy rates that are cleaner and less expensive than PG&E. I advocated for the addition of Solar power on the new Recreation and Aquatic Center resulting in a purchase Power Agreement with PCE.
I have been asking for an increase in the number of trees planted and I hope my colleagues agree that we should be doing so with the receipt of the YouTube development impact fees. San Bruno has finally approved Reach Codes which will require new buildings to be more energy efficient and less reliant on natural gas.
Quality of Life Issues: I served on the Clean San Bruno Subcommittee which proposed several changes to keep San Bruno cleaner. One major change has been the Recology abandoned waste clean up pilot program. This has been overall successful, but we need cameras in frequent dumping locations to teach a couple lessons. Recology has also agreed to provide two yearly free bulky waste pick ups to multi family residential units.
CityNet Services: The council has been waiting for an overdue report on the implementation of a business plan for CityNet Services. We need to make a decision on this enterprise.
What are you going to do differently if you are re-elected?
The major thing I intend on doing differently is making sure we set priorities for our strategic initiatives. We have too many of them. We need to PRIORITIZE those we need to be completed first. We need to install speed bumps to slow down speeders and improve the sight distance at stop signs and intersections. We have Wayfinding Signs that are not being installed to assist shoppers in locating parking lots in our downtown.
Communication: I believe in communicating with the public. That’s part of a council’s job. With District elections the city manager anticipates the need for District town hall meetings and I look forward to holding quarterly meetings if I am re-elected.
Answers to Reichel Reports Questionnaire
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the questionnaire. I am a City Councilmember of the City of San Bruno. These are my own opinions and they may not represent those of the San Bruno City Council as a whole.
SUBJECT #1 – Downtown
QUESTION – HOW will you support small businesses in the downtown core?
I am proud to be one of the leading advocates for improving our Downtown. I regularly shop Downtown numerous times each week getting a coffee, groceries, a meal, a snack, and much more. I regularly promote the various hard-working businesses on social media and I speak to the owners and staff at numerous locations each week.
I initiated the creation of the Downtown Improvement Committee with the following council-approved objectives:
● Improve communication with our business community
● Build relationships and Develop trust
● Obtain input via surveys and community meetings: parking, street closures, events, etc…
● Assist businesses with grant applications.
● Promote businesses (visitor guide) via social media.
● Provide recommendations to the council for action.
I serve with Councilmember Tom Hamilton on this committee. We have met with merchants, residents, the Chamber of Commerce, the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center, Shop Local personnel, and city staff, to obtain ideas on how to improve our downtown. We share our business owners’ experiences with staff to look for ways that we can improve our services.
We don’t have the funds to implement the San Mateo Avenue Streetscape Plan, but we can do our best to improve what we can afford. Last year the council authorized the installation of new garbage cans and increased the sidewalk power-washing to a monthly schedule. All of the downtown’s trash cans were replaced with a combination of traditional and new self-compacting Big Belly cans. We also approved a new electric-powered street sweeper to continue working on keeping our streets clean.
Tom and I are proud to have assisted in developing the redesigned Centennial Plaza. This project will be the largest investment in beautifying and reactivating a space with potential. It was approved by the city council contingent on funding… stay tuned!
Parking continues to be problematic. Staff is working on the installation of parking meters for this fiscal year. Additionally, I will continue to support staff’s efforts to:
● continue creating “drop off/loading zones” to allow drivers to safely drop off customers and food delivery companies to quickly access restaurants at high volume locations,
● continue expanding the creation of short term (24 minuteparking) parking zones to encourage shopper turnover.
The council conducted a Downtown parking study that identified the need for a parking garage, however we do not have the funds to build it. I will continue to examine partnerships to build a parking garage.
The best way to support our Downtown’s small businesses and those businesses across San Bruno is to “SHOP LOCAL”. Please encourage your family and friends to keep our dollars circulating within our community.
SUBJECT #2 – HOUSING
QUESTION – HOW will you address the housing crisis and affordability for City staff?
Over the past year, the City of San Bruno, its residents, and stakeholders from across the region have participated in outreach and engagement efforts for the 2023-2031 Housing Element. The final Housing Element is scheduled to be reviewed by the city council by the end of the year.
In each Housing Element cycle, the city is allocated a regional housing needs target (RHNA target) that is a share of the Bay Area region’s projected housing needs for all income groups for the next 8 years. For San Bruno, the proposed RHNA is 3,165 units, a significant increase from the previous cycle which proposed 1,155 units. San Bruno has added a 15% buffer to its allocation, which brings the total RHNA up to 3,640 dwelling units.
The city council has identified the housing development locations however it is up to developers to build them. We also need to expand our partnerships with affordable housing developers. We are building our affordable housing funding with city council approved Development impact Fees (YouTube’s recent expansion contribution for Phase 1 and 2 is over $10 million). We will have better control over the housing quality, the quantity, and the locations with the least amount of impact to our existing neighborhoods. Additionally the city council has a 15% affordable housing requirement.
There are numerous housing development projects planned for San Bruno. Following is a list of housing projects in San Bruno.
PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
40 units at Skyline College (single family homes)
30 units at Skyline College (multifamily)
427 units at Mills Park (Multifamily)
29 units at Glenview Terrace (Single Family Homes)
9 units at 500 Sylvan (9 Multifamily)
23 units at 271 El Camino Real – formerly Lee’s Buffet (condos)
IN PLANNING PHASE
156 units at 300 Piedmont formerly Crestmoor High (single family homes)
118 units at 2101 Sneath Lane – formerly Engval (single family homes)
64 units at 170 San Bruno Avenue West (condos)
46 units at 111 San Bruno Avenue West, formerly First National Bank (multifamily)
445 units at 840 San Bruno Avenue, formerly AT&T building (multifamily)
126 units at 732-740 El Camino Real, formerly Melody Toyota (multifamily)
1000 units at Tanforan (multifamily)
573 units at 851 Cherry BayHill Specific Plan (multifamily)
In addition to these housing projects, the city was successful in permitting 121 ADUs over the course of the last Housing Element cycle. Based on this record, and anticipation of continued demand for ADUs in a difficult housing market and economy, the city anticipates the desire for ADUs to be near 2020 and 2021 numbers as a result of the streamlined process. Projecting forward, staff estimates the city will permit 345 ADUs over the 8-year planning period, an average rate of 43 units per year during this housing cycle.
Stay tuned more to come…
SUBJECT #3 – PARKS
QUESTION – HOW would you support buying the Rollingwood School property and making a park and playing fields there?
The first step in buying the Rollingwood School property is for the property owner, the San Bruno Park School District (SBPSD), to decide they want to sell it. Rollingwood School is closing after this school year and the school has been declared surplus, however the board has not discussed what they intend on doing with the property. They can lease it, develop it, try to sell it, or do nothing. On September 28, 2022, at a public Zoom meeting for school boundaries, SBPSD Superintendent, Mathew Duffy, stated the board was not considering selling Rollinwood at the present time.
The district must offer to sell or lease the property to certain types of entities, including agencies interested in sponsoring low-income housing, local parks and recreation districts, and city and county governments. In most cases, the school district may sell or lease the property to these entities at current market value. The sales offer is typically provided in a letter. Upon receipt of the district’s letter the San Bruno City Council would hold a closed session to determine whether to make an offer with specific conditions.
Having additional park land and playing fields would be wonderful, however it is important to determine how we would pay for: the purchase of the property, the needed improvements, and the yearly maintenance. Council would ask staff to provide the analysis to determine the feasibility of making the purchase. Furthermore, the district would probably want to maximize their sales price and the city would be competing with housing developers.
SUBJECT #4 – POLLUTION
QUESTION – HOW will you work with County, State, and National agencies to address air quality?
Although the City is not the lead agency to address air quality, San Bruno is doing our part to improve air quality. The San Bruno City Council recently adopted Reach Codes which require future developments to change from natural gas to electricity powered devices.
San Bruno can do our part to have cleaner air by ramping up the installation of solar panels and storage batteries to create cleaner sources of energy. I have served on the Board of Directors for Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) since 2017. I am proud that over 96% of San Mateo County residents are receiving cleaner and less expensive electricity than PG&E. I also advocated for the installation of the solar panels for the new Recreation and Aquatics Center.
SUBJECT #5 – PRIORITIES
Good 😌 good 😌 QUESTION – WHAT do you see as being the top 3 priorities that should be addressed and in which order?
1. Fiscal Sustainability. Continue building upon our Comprehensive Fiscal Sustainability Project so we can have the resources to do the things we need and want to do: Maintain our infrastructure, upgrade our downtown, and create safer neighborhoods.
2. Quality of Life Issues. Our streets are overdue for repair. Parking continues to be a problem. Reckless drivers endanger our residents. I will lead the effort to fix these issues with identified funding, a clear plan, and an implementation schedule.
3. Affordable Housing. We need to expand our partnerships with affordable housing developers. The city council approved Development impact Fees (YouTube’s recent expansion is over $10 million) and we now have approximately $14 million to contribute to a partnership. We need to identify affordable housing projects so we can access San Mateo County’s Measure K funding. We have not received our share. When we have housing development partnerships we will have better control over the housing quality, the quantity, and the locations with the least amount of impact to our existing neighborhoods.
SUBJECT #6 – REDEVELOPMENT
QUESTION – WHY is redevelopment so slow in San Bruno?
City councils approve projects, developers build them. Unfortunately some developments take a long time to complete for various reasons: lack of capital funding, economic uncertainty, inflation, and the fear of a recession. Additionallywe have just moved through two years of Covid-19. There are also some developers that list their property for sale soon after receiving entitlement. This is true for the hotel development project at 160 El Camino Real and a couple of smaller housing projects.
The council recently approved the Mills Park Developer’s two-year extension due to a number of factors: uncertainty in the market, covid, and escalating construction costs. The answer to the housing question above lists a total of 488 entitled units. The developers have not submitted their building permits.
Development may have been slow however there are projects in full construction mode and others that are getting ready to start. YouTube is moving ahead with their expansion plans. The public will get a first look at Tanforan’s redevelopment plans in October.
SUBJECT #7 – SCHOOLS
QUESTION – WHAT will you do to increase pedestrian safety around schools?
I am in favor of the “Safe Routes to School” program, a comprehensive program to make school communities safer by combining engineering tools with education about safety and activities to enable and encourage students to walk and bike to school. The city’s consultant has launched a number of surveys and studies to determine what can be done to improve safety around our schools.
After this study is completed the council will need to identify the funding to make the recommended improvements. I will be an advocate for finding the way to pay for improving our students’ and communities’ safety.
SUBJECT #8 – SKYLINE COLLEGE
QUESTION – HOW will you leverage Skyline College to benefit San Bruno?
Skyline College is overseen by the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD). Similar to San Bruno’s public schools, the city council does not have the authority to dictate policy to Skyline College. The operations of the SMCCCD is run by a Chancellor, similar to how our city manager is in charge of operations for San Bruno’s operations.
However, that does not mean that we cannot work together to benefit each other.
I have had a number of meetings with the new director of Skyline College’s Bay Area Entrepreneur Center. We are looking into ways to bring Skyline students into the center in Downtown to collaborate with our businesses. I also look forward to providing internships and fellowships to Skyline’s students so they can contribute to our city’s workforce and obtain work experience to assist them in the future.
SUBJECT #9 – STREETS
QUESTION 1 – HOW will you get large building project developers to repair ruined streets?
Project developers are required to pay Development Impact Fees (approved by the city council in February 2019) for their project’s impact to our community. The fees will be imposed upon the developer of each development project in the city as a requirement that must be met prior to building permit issuance.When a large project is going through the entitlement and permitting process, there are also permit conditions in approved hauling routes and/or development agreements that specify roads damaged during construction will be repaired to their previous condition or better. The roads, curb/gutter, and sidewalks are inspected and photographed/video prior to construction. The roads are rated on an engineering Pavement Condition Index (PCI). After construction is completed the streets, curb/gutter, and sidewalks are re-inspected and photographed/videoed. Damaged curb/gutter and sidewalk are replaced and ruined streets are repaved.
I support staff in recovering the damages caused by the development and expect staff to hold the developer accountable.
QUESTION 2 – WHAT will you do to get sidewalks cleaned up from weeds?
I have personally removed sidewalk weeds during monthly neighborhood cleanups in the downtown and in neighborhoods with other volunteers. I encourage our residents to help outwhen they can. Property owners are responsible to maintain their property and sidewalks. San Bruno Code Enforcement Officers are empowered to inspect, provide notices of violations, and citations to property owners that do not maintain their property. If a property has weeds (typically greater than six inches in height) there is a potential violation and the Code Enforcement Department can be contacted. If you would like to report a potential weed violation, you can use the app, San Bruno Responds, or you can call the Code Enforcement Department at (650) 616-7040.
After the CEO inspects the property and confirms the weeds, a “Notice of Violation” is provided to the property owner or tenant. The property owner is typically provided ten days to abate the nuisance. Failing to comply may result in a $100 citation.
Following are excerpts from the San Bruno Municipal Code.
5.04.050 Public nuisance—Premises.
“It is a public nuisance for any person owning, leasing, occupying or having charge or possession of real property in the city to maintain or permit to be maintained such property in such a manner that any of the following conditions which constitute a hazard to the public health, safety or welfare exist thereon:
K. Trees, weeds or other vegetation, which by reason of being overgrown, dead, decayed or diseased are:
1. Likely to harbor rats, vermin and other nuisances; or
2. A clear and present risk of physical injury to inhabitants or occupants of the premises or to the public.
QUESTION 3 – WHEN will the street in front of my house be re-paved?
Streets are currently re-paved based on their condition and the amount of money is available in the street repair budget. For many years the street repair budget was not sufficient to maintain our streets. Fortunately the voters approved Measure G in 2019 which provides an additional one-half percent sales tax. Even with this increase of three to four million dollars at least six to eight million would be necessary to create a substantial improvement. This fiscal year there is a six million dollar project to re-pave and slurry streets.
To provide an estimated year for re-paving streets in San Bruno, staff would need to conduct an engineering analysis to determine the forecasted budget, estimated repairs costs (based on the street’s condition), and expected street deterioration. This would only be an estimate however it would at least provide an estimated year of construction. It could list what streets would be paved in each year.
As sewer and water replacement projects are completed each of these streets are being completely repaved. This was not the case in the past when only a “tee-trench” was paved around the edges of installed water or sewer lines.
Following is a link to the San Bruno street database; every street and its condition is listed. https://www.sanbrunocable.com/DocumentCenter/View/1118/City-of-San-Bruno—Street-PCI-PDF
QUESTION 4 – WILL you vote to bill LARGE San Bruno Corporations for street repair?
For new projects the developer must pay Development Impact Fees and the streets’ condition are assessed prior to construction and after construction. As for a new way to “bill LARGE San Bruno Corporations”, the council would need to consult with the City Attorney on the proposed method. It’s also important to make sure we don’t make it too expensive for businesses to operate here.
QUESTION 5 – HOW will you prioritize City Beautification and maintenance within the budget?
Each year the city receives a proposed budget from the City Manager. Unfortunately the city council has historically been limited in expanding resources to address city beautification and maintenance. However, in the past few months the street medians have been cleared up and I look forward to increasing the beautification and maintenance from additional funding obtained from Development Impact Fees. Additionally the city council has negotiated a new revenue source from Short Term Rental Companies such as AirBnB.
END OF QUESTIONNAIRE
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Thank you for the opportunity to answer your questions.
San Bruno City Councilmember
For too many years our downtown has been stuck in the past.
Thank you San Bruno Voter’s for passing Measure G. I supported placing this on the ballot and I encouraged everyone willing to listen of its importance as a new revenue stream. Our street maintenance was in need of $6 million per year. Without this revenue source we would fall further behind in maintaining various infrastructure and services we expect in San Bruno. San Bruno’s Measure G is a one-half cent local sales tax that was passed by San Bruno voters in November 2019 to address services that residents have said are important, including:
- Increasing pothole and other street hazard repair Increasing ongoing street maintenance programs
- Maintaining neighborhood police patrols
- Attracting and maintaining local businesses
- Maintaining city parks and playgrounds
- Maintaining and repairing park structures for children and youth
A oversight committee reviews and recommends expenditures and this year approximately $6 million is budgeted for the fiscal year. For more information on where this money is being spent please see the following link on the city’s website.
San Bruno is facing some of the highest levels of development in decades. Although the San Bruno City Council approves projects it is important to note the developer is ultimately responsible for completing the development. The council approval is for the “entitlement”, the right to build the project. After entitlement the developer is required to submit the building permit. This could take several iterations of review based on the quality of the permit submittal. After the permit is issued construction may begin. Unfortunately some developments take much longer to complete and some developers list their property for sale immediately after entitlement.
Following is a newspaper article from the San Mateo Daily Journal. The story fails to mention the city is responsible for approving developments… not building developments.
The projects listed below are in various phases of development: under construction, entitled, in planning. Following is the link for more detailed information on the City’s website… https://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/248/Development-Activity
I voted in favor of the BayHill Specific Plan and advocated for a housing overlay of approximately 500 units to be included. The development at this project will provide much needed Community Benefit revenue to San Bruno.
I voted in favor of the Skyline College project that provided 70 residential units (40 homes, 30 apartments for college staff). Most of the homes have been constructed and occupied by new residents. The apar
YouTube 1400 & 1450 Bayhill Drive (901 Cherry Phase II). The project was entitled many years ago and includes the development of two new office buildings, one 170,885 square foot building at the eastern portion of the lot and a 116,000 square foot building at the western portion of the lot. The city received a development agreement payment increase of approximately $4million dollars for this project.
- 111 San Bruno Avenue, 63 residential units, and retail below.
- 160 El Camino Real, 28 Room Boutique Hotel
- 271 El Camino Real, 23 Residential Units
- 500 Sylvan, 9 residential units
- Mills Park, 427 residential units, and approximately 7947 commercial space
- Glenview Terrace, 29 Single-family homes
Southline Project, 30 Tanforan Avenue – Street Improvements Approved by San Bruno City Council. The project is located at the northern edge of San Bruno and includes improvements that will modify streets within San Bruno City limits. The project proposes: Beautification of Tanforan Avenue which serves as an access road for San Bruno residents. Connection of the Centennial Way Trail to San Bruno’s planned Huntington Cycle Track improvements. A new intersection at Huntington Avenue and Sneath Lane which provides bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicular connectivity to South Maple Avenue and Southline Avenue (new) within City of South San Francisco. A community benefit package of approximately six million dollars was approved by the San Bruno City Council. Additionally, the project proposes eight office / R&D buildings, parking garage, below grade parking, site amenities, open space and landscaping on a 26-acre site within South San Francisco. For project information with South San Francisco, please visit: construction.ssf.net/#
YouTube Phase 1 – submitting Building Permits. YouTube, the applicant and owner of the Phase I Development area, proposes to retain the two existing office buildings on the Phase I Site and construct two new buildings with 440,000 square feet of additional office space. A maximum of three levels of subgrade parking would be provided at both parcels. Additional improvements and items include: (1) the construction of an off-street multi-modal transportation hub on an access way located between Grundy Lane and Bayhill Drive, on the west side of the parcel containing 950 Elm Street; (2) the realignment of Grundy Lane from Cherry Avenue to Elm Avenue; (3) the abandonment of northern portion of Elm Avenue located directly to the north of the realigned Grundy Lane; (4) the demolition of three existing buildings located at 1150–1250 Bayhill Drive to provide a construction staging and parking area during construction of the Phase I Development.
IN PLANNING PHASE
2101 Sneath Lane (former Engvall School Site). The project proposes to develop 118 single family homes and common open spaces across the 21-acre site. Single-family homes are proposed to be clustered on the site to minimize grading and maintain a landscaped area along areas of the western edge of the site. Proposed circulation for the site would allow vehicles to enter and exit the development primarily from Sneath Lane. The project proposes to demolish the existing structures, golf facilities, parking, and other improvements to build a new 118-lot single family detached home development of new two- and three-story houses. The applicant intends to create 15% of the homes as onsite below market rate (BMR) units. It is anticipated that the project will require a Vesting Tentative Map, Planned Unit Permit, Conditional Use Permit, and Architectural Review, in addition to CEQA environmental review and may also require additional planning approvals and permits.
170 San Bruno Avenue West A new 6-story, 69-foot tall building, with 42 dwelling units (condominiums), approximately 1,114 square feet of ground floor commercial space, and a subgrade garage with 43 parking spaces.
Crestmoor, 300 Piedmont Avenue – . The approximately 40.2-acre site is owned by the San Mateo Union High School District and formerly housed Crestmoor High School. The project proposes to demolish the existing structures, athletic facilities, parking, and other improvements to build a new 156-lot single family detached home development of new two-story houses. The project also proposes to dedicate to the City of San Bruno 12 acres of open space land with the intent that the City may construct new recreational amenities. The project includes an additional 8 acres of additional open space area which will be accessible to project residents and guests. It is anticipated that the project may require a Vesting Tentative Map and Planned Unit Permit in addition to CEQA environmental review and may also require additional planning approvals and permits. The applicant is seeking to take advantage of the State Density Bonus Program to receive waivers and/or incentives/concessions related to open space and lot size requirements. Of the 156 homes, 132 are proposed to be market rate and 24 (15%) are proposed to be on-site below market units: 8 (5%) affordable to Low-income households and 16 (10%) affordable to Moderate-income households.
Fiscal Sustainability Project
In 2019, I voted in support of the Fiscal Sustainability Project which explored the various ways to increase revenues, decrease expenditures, and provide the path forward to improve San Bruno.
Of the actions proposed in the project, I preferred those that minimize costs to our current residents (TOT increase, Short Term Rental fees) and have developers pay their fair share.
Following are a number of items identified in the project
- Development Impact Fees
- Measure G
- Transient Occupancy Tax – Hotel Tax
- Cannabis Tax
- Short Term Rental Tax (AirBnB)
- Renegotiated Tax Agreement for WalMart
- Renegotiated Tax Agreement for Artichoke Joes
- Charter City – Property Transfer Tax
- Reimagining Tanforan