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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:
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! http://bit.ly/1U8Jydk 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.)
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.
SamTrans vision is to be a mobility leader, providing transportation choices and sustainable future that meets the needs of our diverse communities.
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.
The Open Space and Ecology Committee has revamped their Library Shelf, which can be found at the Brisbane Library's main entrance (along the wall next to the Circulation Desk). If you are looking to read about gardening, recycling, or saving water, just to name a few topic areas, please visit this area in the Library and check out an item. There is also a virtual "shelf" on the City’s website, where you can access more recommended readings and video from the OSEC: http://www.brisbaneca.org/osec-library-shelf. Be sure to visit this page and the Library to to view newly-curated items. Happy reading!
Update - Tuesday, 2/9: Fence is up with signage of the new Skatepark, coming late Spring!
On Monday, 2/8, the existing skatepark area will be fenced and closed for construction (the basketball courts will still be open during construction of the new skatepark with minimal impacts to users). Once the fence goes up, in-kind donation work, including grinding of the tree stumps, removal of the skate elements, and demolition and prep work for the new skatepark, will begin. We anticipate actual construction of the new skatepark (see rendering below) starting in early March. For any questions about this project, please contact Karen Kinser, Deputy Director of Public Works, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 508-2130.
We had an interactive Community Workshop on Monday, February 1st that was led by the consultants for the Parkside Precise Plan, MIG. The audience was diverse, which led to great discussion during the time that the interactive, real-time voting exercise was taking place (see left-hand photo). Here is a copy of MIG’s PowerPoint presentation, which shows the results of the instant polling exercise, in addition to a presentation made by Jasneet Sharma, Sr. Community Health Planner for the San Mateo County Health System, as well as the anticipated contents of the Parkside Plan:
- Vision and goals framework
- Development regulations
- Land use, urban design and zoning strategy
- Circulation recommendations
- Implementation action plan
The Parkside Plan sets forth a forward-thinking yet feasible vision for the future of this important area, built upon extensive community engagement including workshops and stakeholder interviews, existing City policy, and technical analysis of current conditions. Specifically, the Vision Framework includes six major goals:
Preserve Brisbane’s Small-Town Feel. Residents of Brisbane are passionate about working towards the betterment of their community, and fiercely loyal to their city. Brisbane is a tight-knit place of unique, eclectic charm and character. Brisbanians want to ensure that the intimate, distinct sense of community, place, and scale is preserved and enhanced by the Parkside Plan.
Promote Holistic Community Health. Residents and City leadership are dedicated to promoting health and well-being through sound land use decisions, establishment and enhancement of community programs, fostering health-promoting businesses, and access to active transportation and recreation opportunities.
Build Connections between Destinations for All Modes of Travel. The Parkside Plan should prioritize safe and seamless connections, particularly for bicycles and pedestrians, both within the plan area to Community Park, City Hall, and Village Shopping Center and to wider destinations such as San Bruno Mountain, the Bay Trail, and nearby communities.
Facilitate the Development of a Vibrant Parkside Area. Brisbane has a dynamic, storied past as a small city with a big heart and vibrant commercial and downtown areas. Residents are eager to retain and increase this vibrancy by improving and expanding existing open spaces, creating new shopping and dining destinations, enhancing and beautifying entryways into town, and sensitively connecting these resources to the broader community.
Proactively Plan for New Residential Development. Brisbane is a unique city due to its compactness and surrounding natural space in the densely populated San Francisco Bay Area. Housing affordability issues and state legislation require that Brisbane allocate and zone land for new residential development. The Parkside Plan will proactively guide this new residential development in such a way that it benefits the entire community by enhancing urban design and aesthetics in the Parkside Area, and appropriately weaving any new housing development into the existing fabric of the city.
Foster a Sustainable Brisbane. Between the hills of San Bruno Mountain and the shores of the San Francisco Bay and Brisbane Lagoon, Brisbanians are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the natural environment, community equity, affordability and economic strength. The Parkside Plan will promote local sustainability through green building, infrastructure and landscape design.
Which of these goals most speaks to you? Do you have something to add to build upon a particular goal? Share it with us in the Comments section below.