Opponents of developing Pete’s Harbor into hundreds of waterfront housing units will get another turn before the City Council tonight when they ask to overturn the revamped project’s latest approval earlier this year.
City staff is recommending the council deny the appeal and let stand the required permits based on the findings and conditions of the revised 2003 environmental impact report created for the now-defunct Marina Shores Village which aimed to develop the same area.
But opponents argue the environmental document is not adequate for the new project which calls for 411 condominiums, parking, trails and a commercial marina with public berths. At the Feb. 4 Planning Commission meeting where the plan met with unanimous approval, opponents like members of nonprofit San Francisco Bay Marinas for All who filed the appeal also argued against the “massive gentrification” of the quirky community between Bair Island Road and Redwood Creek and said popular opinion of owner Paula Uccelli should not color the discussion.
Monday’s appeal hearing is just the latest battle for the project since its proposal in July 2012.
The Planning Commission approved the original development proposal last year but the City Council sent it back for reconsideration because of significant changes made after the fact. Developer Paul Powers originally eliminated the commercial slips, then proposed an outer marina of about 150 spaces and now calls for 45 to 65 publicly available. There will be no live-aboards allowed.
The proposed residential buildings will range from three stories to five stories and contain studios to three-bedroom units. The latest plan also calls for up to 883 parking spaces and a new 460-foot-long bicycle and pedestrian trail connection on the west side of Uccelli Boulevard linking public trails to the Bair Island Bridge and other southern areas.
Neither the previous nor current proposal require zoning changes and therefore no special approvals by the city because it does not include high-rise buildings or the filling in of the Bay.
The City Council meets 7 p.m. Monday, March 24 at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.