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Posted 2/26/2016

Brisbane Town Hall
Participants Entered Into Raffle For
Free Gold Party Pkg. at the Pool
Offer Ends March 7th

Posted 2/25/2016

Sea Level Rise with
Supervisor Dave Pine
Tues., March 1st, 7pm-8pm
at the Brisbane Baylands Office
132 Visitacion Ave.

Posted 2/23/2016

Live at Mission Blue Presents
Ann Moss & Friends
Sat., Feb. 27, 8pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Tickets Available at the Door

The City's RHNA Explained

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The State of California requires the City of Brisbane, along with all other cities and counties in California, to adopt zoning to accommodate a certain number of new housing units over a defined period of time, or "planning cycle."  The number of housing units any city or county must zone for in each planning cycle is determined through a process called the "Regional Housing Needs Allocation", or RHNA, for short.  If a jurisdiction cannot accommodate its RHNA through its existing zoning regulations, it must adopt new zoning to accommodate its RHNA.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) calculates the RHNA for counties and cities. You can review a more detailed explanation of ABAG’s methodology and the process for determining the RHNA here on ABAG’s website:

Brisbane's RHNA for the current 2014-2022 planning cycle is 83 housing units.  In addition, the City had a RHNA shortfall of 210 units from its 2007-2014 planning cycle, because the City did not adopt zoning for those units within that planning cycle.  While some of the City’s RHNA can be accommodated under its existing zoning, the 2015-2022 Housing Element adopted by the City Council in April 2015 identifies five sites to be rezoned to accommodate future residential development, enabling the City to meet its RHNA requirements.  These include three sites along Park Lane to be zoned at 26 units per acre as a minimum, and two sites along Park Place to be zoned for mixed use at 20 units per acre as a minimum.  Given the minimum densities, these five sites could accommodate 228 housing units, a portion of the City's overall RHNA.  The remainder of the City’s RHNA obligation can be met on sites already zoned for residential development in Brisbane.    

While the City has an obligation to adopt zoning regulations to accommodate its RHNA in a timely manner, the Housing Element does not require the City of Brisbane to construct housing, nor are property owners under a time deadline to build housing.  The goal of the Parkside Plan is to ensure that the Community defines its vision and establishes the implementing regulations and standards before new residential development is proposed.

Council's Direction on Medical Marijuana

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At last night's City Council meeting, the Council adopted the following recommendations from the Health and Safety Subcommittee:

  1. That the Council adopt Resolution 2016-17 that accompanied the staff report to confirm that under the State's new medical marijuana laws, the State may not issue a license to cultivate medical marijuana within Brisbane because the City's zoning ordinance bans commercial cultivation of marijuana in every zone.
  2. That the Council not consider amending the zoning ordinance to allow commercial cultivation of medical marijuana.
  3. That the Council adopt a variety of new medical-marijuana related regulations.  In particular,
  • Direct staff to initiate a zoning text amendment process before the Planning Commission to consider adopting an express prohibition against marijuana dispensaries; and
  • Direct staff to initiate a zoning text amendment process before the Planning Commission to consider issuing a Conditional Use Permit to marijuana-related businesses in Brisbane engaged in manufacturing/processing, warehousing, transporting and distributing marijuana and/or marijuana-related products.  As for researching and developing (R&D) and testing marijuana and/or marijuana products, the Council voted that these activities would be a permitted and/or allowable use.

(The Council REMOVED the first two bullet points found on p.2 of the staff report related to 1.) banning the cultivation of marijuana for personal medical use and 2.) the delivery of marijuana to qualifying patients, primary caregivers and testing facilities located within Brisbane).

 4. Direct staff to draft an ordinance requiring any marijuana-related businesses to obtain a license from the City.
 5. That the Council plan to adopt any legislation imposing new regulations on marijuana-related businesses no later than early 2017 to ensure that those regulations take effect well before the State begins issuing licenses to such businesses.

Climate Fact #7

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

For more information, please click the following links:


Multi-Family Building Upgrades

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The Bay Area Regional Network (BayREN) is currently offering a new program for owners of multi-family buildings to save money on utility bills, update their equipment and fixtures, and enhance their investment by reducing operating costs.  Click on the flyer below to program facts and property eligibility. (Eligible properties earn $750 per unit to help pay to upgrade inefficient energy systems and water fixtures.  You can use the program to help upgrade windows, insulation, furnaces, water heaters, lighting, water fixtures, appliances and more.)

Get started by enrolling your project online at

You can also attend a free workshop to learn more about program offerings: 

Informational Session

March 15, 2016, 10:00-11:30 AM

Daly City Council Chambers

333 90th Street, Daly City, CA 94015 

RSVP online:

For any questions about this new program, please contact BayREN program staff at (855) 213-2838 or .

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Posted 2/19/2016

Coyote Workshop
With Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Tuesday, Feb. 23rd
7pm at City Hall, 50 Park Pl.

Posted 2/17/2016

The Collective Camp – Yummy Yoga
STARTS THURSDAY! 415.508.2140

San Bruno Mountain Watch
Native Plant Sale
Sat., Feb. 20th, 9am - 2pm
Next to the Brisbane Fire Station

Posted 2/14/2016

Join Us for the 12th Season
Live at Mission Blue
Tickets Available Online at 

The Planning Dept. Needs Your Feedback

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We've extended the date to 3/7 for the Parkside Building Blocks Survey to be completed and for respondents to be entered into our raffle for a chance to win a Gold Party Package from the Parks & Recreation Department!  Follow this link to take the survey today!  Please respond at the very latest by March 18th.  Note: you will not be eligible for the prize if your survey is completed or received after 3/7.  (A paper version of the survey will be available to fill out and return to City Hall in the March STAR, dropping 3/1.)

SamTrans Seeking Volunteers

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Public members interested in providing input on local transit programs are encouraged to volunteer for the SamTrans Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).

The 15-member CAC meets monthly and is responsible for offering feedback on the needs of transit users and informing San Mateo County residents of transit programs on the Peninsula.  It also acts in an advisory capacity to the SamTrans’ Board of Directors.

The SamTrans CAC has the following openings:

  • Four community representatives
  • Two multimodal representatives
  • Three bus riders

Each CAC member receives a free yearly bus pass to use on the SamTrans system.  The CAC meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the San Mateo County Transit District headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Avenue in San Carlos.

Interested persons can download the CAC application here or call 650-508-6279 (TTY 650-508-6448).  Applications are due by March 4. For more information, visit

SamTrans vision is to be a mobility leader, providing transportation choices and sustainable future that meets the needs of our diverse communities.


Please Don't Use Rat Poison

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At the end of January, a resident found this Red-tailed Hawk and called the Peninsula Humane Society (PHS) to have it picked up.  When she called back to see about its condition, she was told it had to be euthanized due to organ failure.  What caused the organ failure is unclear, but the PHS asked that residents be reminded that poison baits have this effect on hawks and owls.  So, please, do not use rat/gopher poison outside for any reason.  The PHS has a handout on their website of all the foods, plants, and household items that are toxic if ingested by your pet.  Should you have an indoor pest problem such as rats or mice, check out this fact sheet Finding a Company that can Prevent Pest Problems, which can be found on the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program's website.  They also have a fact sheet dedicated to Keeping Rats and Mice Away from your Home.

Climate Fact #6

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.