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July 27, 2010 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

July 20, 2010

Work Sessions for City Council and Redevelopment Agency

Fremont City Attorney Harvey Levine honored for 15 years service to the City.
Recognition of the 20th Anniversary of Americans with Disability Act

Presentation of draft Economic Development element of General Plan:
Goals listed: Dynamic Local Economy; Vibrant Shopping Areas; Diverse Mix of Industrial and Technology Uses; Promote International Trade; Sustainability; Promote Fremont. Comments included discussion of a competitive identity, consistent community character, industrial and other land use requirements, integration of plan elements and a public comment that shopping alone will not attract people to Fremont. Publication of a draft of the General Plan document and public workshops are expected this Fall.

Redevelopment Agency presentation on Affordable Housing:
Agency housing staff discussed the relationship between City and Redevelopment Agency actions to develop affordable housing. The presentation addressed "myths" of Below Market Rate (BMR) housing including who is served, how they are served and effects on the safety and value of neighborhoods when such housing is created. The percentage of funds used to create and maintain BMR facilities was discussed and council comments suggested that a shift toward increased funding of low and very low income recipients was desirable along with a concentration on rental units.

Continued and increased supportive services were also supported by councilmembers. Careful analysis of "in lieu" fee usage by developers and balancing new housing projects within the districts of the City was addressed. Councilmember Wieckowski noted his preference for second "in-law" units on existing single family dwelling properties to address the need for affordable housing.

Redevelopment will return with "action items" in the Fall. With implementation of the increased Redevelopment Agency funding cap by $1.1 billion, the agency is now able to plan for future activity and increased housing activity.

Mayor Bob Wasserman Present
Vice Mayor Bob Wieckowski Present
Anu Natarajan Present
Bill Harrison Present
Sue Lee Chan Present

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