November 29, 2017
CALL TO ORDER / PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The continued City Council meeting of Monday, November 27, 2017 was called to order by Mayor John Marchand at 7:08 pm, in the City Council Chambers, 3575 Pacific Avenue, Livermore, California.
ROLL CALL - Present: Mayor John Marchand, Vice Mayor Steven Spedowfski, Council Members Robert W. Carling, Bob Coomber, and Bob Woerner.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Vice Mayor Spedowfski said he watched the video of the November 27, 2017 meeting and was prepared to participate in the discussion for Item 6.01.
MATTERS FOR CONSIDERATION
David Early, PlaceWorks, Consultant, presented recommendations and processes for Council consideration and direction.
BY UNANIMOUS CONSENSUS OF THE CITY COUNCIL, THE FOLLOWING DIRECTION BY CATEGORY WAS PROVIDED:
1. Demolish the buildings on the main Livermore Village site at the outset of the project to free it up for additional parking. Acquire the property on the Livermore Village site near the future Southwest Garage.
2. Replace existing parking and provide all parking required by Zoning Code for all uses being built at every phase as we move forward.
3. Use the land that is currently acquired for the I-Street garage expansion for surface parking and improve the traffic pattern flowing in-and-out of the garage. Purchase additional I Street property only if necessary and build the I Street garage at a later phase.
4. Provide additional disabled/handicap parking in at least equal and likely greater numbers than today and place it as close as possible to the Downtown in all phases.
5. Include the Southwest Garage on the Livermore Village site as the primary parking resource.
6. Use the rest of that area adjacent to the Southwest Garage for surface parking.
7. All future parking should be of high quality design.
Community Character and Design
1. Mirror and enhance the historic character and small town feel of Livermore, using the notes from the informal downtown walking tour from staff as a guide.
2. Incorporate brick and heavy wood as the predominate building materials.
3. Prohibit new development from looming over Blacksmith Square or First Street businesses. New buildings should be complementary of these existing buildings. The City should consult with Blacksmith Square property and business owners to hear their preferences about new development.
4. Limit building height on the east side to four stories. On west side, buildings could go to four stories along L Street but would go down to a maximum of three stories along South Livermore Avenue. There should be variation among building height. Avoid tall structures near Blacksmith Square.
In response to questions by CM Carling, City Attorney Jason Alcala said staff would respond to concerns addressed by Ms. Fierce, CaRLA, and Mr. Barker during public comment after Council provided direction on the item being considered.
Stockmen's Association Property
1. Include a centrally located downtown park with a minimum 1/2-acre of grass, trees, and a plaza.
2. Incorporate public art to celebrate rodeo history, Stockmen's contribution, and Livermore veterans.
3. Park name to commemorate Stockmen's contribution to Livermore.
4. Rezone two acres of the Civic Center property for housing.
5. Build 75 housing units or more for seniors and/or veterans on the Civic Center site.
6. Civic Center housing units will partially offset the need for housing downtown.
1. Include a central public space area in a shape similar as illustrated in the submitted drawing by Unified Concept.
2. Provide connections throughout the sites with an emphasis on pedestrian tree-lined paths throughout the site.
3. Prioritize connectivity for pedestrians and non-motorized transportation from S L Street to S Livermore Avenue that would be parallel to and separate from a new east/west street through the west site.
4. Point #3 would not preclude a north/south street if it is desirable.
5. Engage Livermore Area Recreation and Park District to discuss maintenance of that site.
Roads and Walkways
1. Include a new east/west access road that bisects the west site, provides traffic calming, and possibly street parking.
2. If the development program allows and it provides additional benefit, a north/south access road that extends K Street may be considered in the middle of the west site and terminate at the new east/west access road
3. Include east/west and north/south pedestrian and bicycle connections throughout both the east and west sites.
4. Include pedestrian only connections from First Street to west site.
5. Study the possibility of street closures along new roadways for special events.
6. Plan for service and delivery access to existing and future businesses.
1. Include a boutique hotel with approximately 125 - 135 rooms.
2. Hotel height: four stories.
3. Include a meeting center with the hotel, at a scale which is economically viable, does not require public subsidy, and is deemed appropriate by the hotel builder.
1. Encourage retail uses such as restaurants, small specialty shops, artisans' market, and businesses that cater to youth and teens as the market demands.
2. Include approximately 10,000 to 20,000 square feet of retail space (including any retail space that might be incorporated with the hotel).
3. Ensure that retail space has good visibility from the street, is at the ground-floor level, and is appropriately connected to other retail.
4. New retail should not undermine or compete with existing retail. Encourage unique specialty retail.
5. Make new flexible use areas accessible to existing businesses that front on First Street. Staff should explore a variety of tools to implement this concept.
1. Study the hotel location at the northwest corner of the west site and on the northwest corner of the east site.
1. Include cultural facilities if they have private backers and do not require public subsidy.
2. Provide a space for cultural facilities.
3. Be flexible in the location of the cultural facilities. The proximity of the cultural facilities to other uses to park and centrality to other uses is important. Make sure there is sufficient space for cultural facilities.
1. Be sure to minimize costs at the capital phase and operation and maintenance.
1. Provide 130 workforce housing units
2. For the east side hotel, include housing on the west site.
3. For the west side hotel, split housing among both the east and west sites.
4. Housing units shall be apartments, studios are allowed.
7. COUNCIL COMMITTEE REPORTS AND MATTERS INITIATED BY CITY MANAGER, CITY ATTORNEY, STAFF AND COUNCIL MEMBERS
7.01 Council Committee Reports and Matters Initiated by City Manager, City Attorney, Staff, and Council Members.
ADJOURNMENT - at 11:43 pm to a regular City Council meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm, Council Chambers, 3575 Pacific Avenue, Livermore.
JOHN P. MARCHAND, MAYOR
SUSAN NEER, CITY CLERK