The Redwood City Council unanimously denied the latest appeal of the proposed development of Pete’s Harbor into 411 housing units, calling the project a major gain for housing in the city.
“This is the project that the community wants,” said Councilman John Seybert.
Seybert said voters chose not to change the zoning of the area with the defeat of Measure Q in 2003 which was a “direct message” that they want development of the size and density proposed by the project.
The council denied the appeal after hearing from more than two dozen speakers, the vast majority of which supported the plan for 411 condominiums, parking, trails and a commercial marina with public berths at the location between Bair Island Road and Redwood Creek.
The group San Francisco Marinas for All appealed the Planning Commission’s approval earlier this year on several grounds including the fate of the marina and the level of environmental review. The nonprofit wants the marina built before the housing to ensure it happens because the one promised by developer Paul Powers at the nearby One Marina project has not yet transpired.
Board member Tania Sole told the council she was speaking “under protest” because Alison Madden, a founder and attorney for the group, had gone to the emergency room and the city denied her request to postpone the meeting or extend it to two hearings.
Prior to the council’s decision, Community Development Director Bill Ekern said possible lawsuits concerning the marina are not “germane” to its consideration of the planned development permit.
Ekern also said that having a marina is “not an obligation.”
But Powers said after two years of wrangling he finally received a marina permit in January for One Marina and it will be built.
At Pete’s Harbor, Powers plans an outer marina of about 150 spaces and now calls for 45 to 65 to be publicly available. The proposed residential buildings will range from three stories to five stories and contain studio to three-bedroom units. The project 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.
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