in a February 24, 2020 meeting, the City Council approved a Disposition and Development Agreement with the developer, Cal-Coast, as well as amendments to the General Plan and Zoning Map. The amendments were also approved by the Planning Commission on February 6, 2020.
An informational meeting took place on January 28, 2020 at the Marina Community Center, Titan Auditorium, 15301 Wicks Boulevard. You can access the presentation HERE. The City Council received a presentation on the project on January 21, 2020 in City Council Chambers. A meeting of the Shoreline Advisory Group was also held on January 15, 2020 at the Marina Community Center, Multipurpose Room C. A Planning Commission Hearing took place on February 6, 2020.
Cal-Coast Companies will provide an update on the Shoreline Project, including information on project history, current proposal, and next steps. The Monarch Bay Shoreline Development Project is a proposed development along the northern portion of the San Leandro shoreline, which has a vision to create a regional destination that connects the community with the Bay and provides enhanced recreational and community amenities. The current project proposal includes:
Cal-Coast was selected as the master developer for the shoreline in 2008 and has been working with staff and the community for more than a decade. The project has evolved over time, including relocation of proposed buildings from the outer shoreline area, elimination of an office component, and enhancement of the planned community park space. The current concept for the Shoreline was developed in 2017, following feedback from regional agencies and further project and market analysis. Since then, the City has been working with the developer to finalize terms and agreements for the project. The upcoming round of project review focuses on the arrangement between the developer and City, including defining the project scope, delineating the developer and City’s responsibilities, and drafting leases and other documents outlining the way in which the property may be developed and utilized over time.
The City Council received a presentation on the project status at its meeting on January 21st at City Hall, during which the public was able to attend to learn more about the project. The community was also invited to learn more at a public informational meeting which was held at in the Titan Auditorium in the Marina Community Center on January 28th. Public Hearings on proposed amendments to the General Plan Land Use Map and Zoning Map for the Shoreline area took place at a Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, February 6, 2020 and will also take place at an upcoming City Council meeting at 7:00PM on Monday, February 24, 2020. At its hearing, the City Council will also consider City agreements associated with the project. These meetings will both take place in Council Chambers at City Hall (835 E. 14th Street).
On July 20, 2015, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2015-125 certifying an EIR entitled, “San Leandro Shoreline Development Project EIR (SCH # 2013072011).” In conjunction with the certification of the Certified EIR, a Mitigation Monitoring and Report Program (MMRP) was adopted for the Project. Pursuant to CEQA and the CEQA Guidelines, the City of San Leandro completed an Addendum to the San Leandro Shoreline Development Project Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The Addendum includes an environmental analysis checklist, based on Appendix G of the CEQA Guidelines, which analyzed the changes to the Shoreline Development Project and whether the environmental effects from the proposed project would be any different from those disclosed in the Certified EIR. The Addendum concluded that the proposed project would not result in any new significant impacts or substantially increase the severity of any significant impacts identified in the Certified EIR. No new information of substantial importance was identified and no new mitigation measures would be necessary to reduce significant impacts.
Input from the community has been highly valuable in getting the project to this point. Following these fundamental steps, there will be another round of public meetings and project review, focusing on the design details for the project, including site plan reviews, architectural design review, and park programming and design. Despite numerous hurdles along the way, the project is now closer to a shovel in the ground than ever before.
In an October 9, 2017 Work Session, Cal-Coast Development presented new updates on the Monarch Bay Shoreline Development Project to the City Council. This update follows a prior update on April 3, 2017, when new designs were introduced that incorporated some notable changes, including the removal of buildings from the outer shoreline area and enhancement of park space in these areas, as well as the elimination of office space from the project.
Over the past year, the City and Cal-Coast Development have been working with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) to ensure that the plans developed over the years with significant input from the community meet BCDC's regulations. The changes are largely the result of BCDC's requirement that the project plan for anticipated sea level rise of 65 inches. The mandate that the project raise the building floor an additional 30+ inches resulted in construction costs that were prohibitively high along the outer shoreline area.
Cal-Coast presented some striking graphic renderings, including video of the design concept. The new designs offer more open space and there is a general consensus that the project has been improved. The new concept maintains the 220-room hotel, half of which will be a Hyatt Place and the other half a Hyatt Home, two new restaurants, one of which will host an upstairs banquet facility, an apartment complex, single family and town houses. Additional park land for outdoor activities is provided, as well as a pedestrian promenade and bike lanes that connect the bay trail.
The development process includes significant input from the Community. In 2008 a Shoreline Citizens Advisory Committee (Shoreline CAC) commenced its first meeting and met at the Marina Inn on select Wednesdays at 7 P.M. over the course of three years. Meetings were open to the public and all community members were invited to attend and provide input. The Shoreline CAC fulfilled its mission and was disbanded in the Spring of 2011. Read more information on the background and history of the Shoreline CAC including meeting highlights and past presentations.
Moving into the next stage of development, a Shoreline Advisory Group (SAG) was formed to continue to provide valuable community input on the Shoreline Development as it moves forward. The SAG is comprised of 21 CAC members who expressed an interest in continuing. Three new members of the community who demonstrated an expertise in design and architecture were added in November 2012. Read more information on the SAG, including highlights and presentations.
The vision for the development is a comprehensive master plan for the Shoreline area that:
On July 20, 2015, the City Council adopted a resolution certifying the Environmental Impact Report for the Shoreline Development Project along with the required findings and reports (Mitigation Findings, Findings Concerning Alternatives, Statement of Overriding Considerations and a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program). The Council also adopted resolutions to amend the General Plan Land Use Designation and rezone a portion of the site.
These actions mark and important step in moving the project forward. Links to individual chapters of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the San Leandro Shoreline Development Project can be found below:
The Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the San Leandro Shoreline Development Project assessed the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project and examined the full range of potential environmental impacts based on the eighteen resource topic areas which included, but were not limited to, the following environmental topics:
Links to individual chapters of the Draft EIR can be found below.
A map of the adopted General Plan Land Use Map Amendment for the Shoreline Development Area which changed the land use of approximately 12 acres on the golf course to RM - Residential is below.
A map of the Zoning Map Amendments for the Shoreline Development Area which zoned the area West of Monarch Bay Drive CC - Community Commercial and two areas on the current golf course as RM - 2000 Residential, both with a Planned Development Overlay, is below.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Katie Bowman, Economic Development Manager