ALAMEDA -- The layout of streets at Alameda Point and a draft Environmental Impact Report to help guide the site's overall redevelopment will be on the agenda when the Planning Board meets Monday.
The board began gathering public comments on the scope of the draft EIR last month, when some people called for it to include the impact of additional housing and others said they were concerned about toxic cleanup and whether the former U.S. Navy base was safe.
City officials say they have decided to bring the draft EIR back before the Planning Board since the deadline to gather public comments is March 1, and because last month's meeting was not recorded and so the official record may not be accurate.
Along with environmental cleanup, other issues that arose during the Jan. 28 meeting was the future of wildlife at Alameda Point, especially since the Veterans Affairs Department plans to build a clinic and columbarium near the California least tern refuge.
What makes the effort to create the draft EIR especially important is that the Navy will turn over title for much of the property within the next few months.
While affordable housing advocates said they wanted the draft EIR to include the impact of building more housing beyond the 1,425 units set by the Navy, city officials say that will not be part of the document.
The Navy's conveyance agreement calls for the city to pay a $50,000 penalty for any additional unit built, and it will likely take up to 15 years to just reach the number of homes set by the Navy, according to a background report by Acting City Planner Andrew Thomas and Jennifer Ott, the chief operating officer for Alameda Point.
A supplemental or a new EIR could be created if city officials decided they wanted more housing after the Navy's number was reached, they said.
On Monday, the Planning Board will also take up the future street network at Alameda Point as part of creating a Master Infrastructure Plan for the former base.
"Creating a 'seamless integration' between the former Naval Air Station and the rest of Alameda is an overarching goal of the (city's) General Plan," according to a background report prepared for the board. "The proposed street network in the (infrastructure plan) is designed to extend the existing street network into Alameda Point to connect to the existing street network within the NAS Alameda Historic District."
The historic district includes the Control Tower and the Main Gate.
The draft Master Street Plan will identify transit and truck routes, outline roadway widths and configuration, as well as bicycle lanes and paths.
The plan will also look at whether Stargell Avenue between Main and Fifth streets -- outside of Alameda Point -- should remain as two lanes or be increased to four lanes to accommodate the traffic that will be generated as the former base is developed.
The process to create the draft EIR will take a year before it eventually goes before the City Council for final certification.
A preliminary schedule calls for the release of the draft EIR in July for a 45-day public review.
People can submit comments on what the draft EIR should contain by e-mailing Acting City Planner Andrew Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments can also be mailed to him at 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Room 190, Alameda CA 94501.
Deadline to submit comments is March 1. Call 510-747-6881 for information.
The Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Alameda City Council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.