April 11, 2022 ENA LUTC Meeting Minutes

ENA LUTC Meeting Minutes: April 11, 2022

  • Present at tonight’s meeting (non-presenters)
    • Brad Baker
    • Andrew Champion
    • Mike Warwick
    • Jason Cohen
  • Bureau of Environmental Services Presentation on Irving Park Stormwater Project
    • Presented by BES Public Involvement Representative Matt Gough
    • BES background
    • Nature patches throughout park already there
    • Problem with stormwater runoff going into streets on the NW corner of park, sogging ball fields
    • BES installing rain gardens in addition to the nature patches
    • Rain gardens look similar to the ones we see on the side of streets to collet stormwater—green street planters
      • Will be installed throughout the park
    • Additional green street planters will be installed on 7th Ave north of San Rafael to address flooding which happens there; part of the project
  • Does LUTC want to write a letter of support re: Residential Infill Project 2?
    • Cottage clusters, six unit townhouses, four units in lower density area lots.
    • Hasn’t been looked at in detail yet by committee
    • RIP is being changed to align with new state laws
    • Seems to generally align with LUTC values—increasing affordable housing
    • Concerns:
      • Will this drive up value of land?
      • Increased property taxes?
        • New construction has higher property taxes; will that impact affordability when passed on to residents?
      • Perhaps not affordable, but more affordable than it would be otherwise
        • Can people living on the streets afford these new units?
    • Will write a letter in support—aligns with our overall values

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