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November 8, 2005 > Union City Council meeting

Union City Council meeting

October 25

The council meeting began with the continued discussion of TMG Partners proposed land use plan for the intermodal station on the former PG&E site in Union City. Minor changes were made to the existing plan regarding the exact amount of retail space versus housing and business space. In response to some criticisms from the planning commission and members of the public, which is under the opinion that office space should not be sacrificed for more housing, Mayor Green emphasized the importance of meeting housing numbers. MTC Resolution 3434 has established a housing requirement for cities along the Dumbarton Rail Corridor (meaning Fremont, Newark, Union City, Redwood City and Menlo Park). In order to receive transit funds, Union City needs to make up the housing gaps that exist in Newark and Menlo Park in order to receive any of the necessary funds for the intermodal station. Without these funds, stressed Green, the intermodal station would not be a possibility. Vice-Mayor Dutra-Vernaci proposed extending the item to the next meeting in order to give the planning commission time to formerly respond to the changes being made at their next meeting (occurring before the next council meeting) but the remaining council members approved the changes with a 4:1 vote.

Following this item, councilmember Richard Valle left the council meeting.

The council introduced an ordinance changing the zoning text to classify both indoor and outdoor recycling facilities as conditionally permitted uses. The ordinance was introduced in response to a number of issues that can arise from such facilities, including pests, odors, noise, dust, and heavy truck operation. The new classification allows some local control over the use of these facilities.

Council voted to replace the current Union Landing electronic reader board on account of faulty performance. It will be replaced with a new, static reader board where advertisers could lease space on the board.

 
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